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Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)


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Andy Serkis stars as volatile British new wave icon Ian Dury in this biopic from BAFTA-nominated director Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo). As a young boy, Dury nearly died after being stricken with polio. Though the ravaging disease would leave him permanently disabled, however, it would also instill him with the drive and perseverance to become one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Along with his band Ian Dury & the Blockheads, the unpredictable rocker would become a



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Somehow this well-intentioned film cannot help but turn an uncompromisingly original artist into a formula.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's an energetic and vivacious film that will appeal to fans of punk rock worldwide and should find its place in the pantheon of great music-film biographies.

January 8, 2010
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Paul Viragh's script is too bitty to hold it all together, and filigrees of technique fail to disguise the weaknesses in helmer Mat Whitecross' first solo flight.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (2)
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You don't need to be a fan of Dury's music to enjoy 'Sex & Drugs...'. This is just gorgeous, celebratory cinema, unfettered and courageous, if unashamedly scattershot, much like the man himself.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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...a major performance in a minor film.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll ticks all the music biopic boxes, but Whitecross wisely ramps things up by looking at Dury's life with the same sort of random, chaotic vision that both blessed and cursed the man himself.

July 7, 2011 Full Review Source:

[Serkis is} a revelation as Drury...

January 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

... hides an utterly conventional biopic behind a narrative chopped up into flashbacks, fantasies, animated interludes, music videos and carnivalesque stage shows.

May 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

I'm sure there was more to the astounding life of Ian Dury, but this picture doesn't submit the nuances, only the juiciest clichés imaginable.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source:

Wonderful Ian Dury -- England's most endearing punk-era showman -- deserves a biopic worthy of his bouncy, ribald and trenchant songs. The new movie Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll ain't it.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Inhabiting the body and soul of legendary pub rocker Ian Dury, human chameleon Andy Serkis single-handedly muscles this by-the-book biopic into the realm of something very special.

May 2, 2010 Full Review Source:

This film is a British celebration of outsiderdom - be it the creative or the crippled - that is never sentimental.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

The acting generally is first-class, but what holds the film together is the performance of Andy Serkis. His resemblance to Dury is simply uncanny, both in the appearance, the body language, the growling voice and the singing.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Andy Serkis delivers a spellbinding turn as Dury. Replicating Dury's cheeky chappie onstage persona is admirable enough; more astonishing is Serkis' uncanny incarnation of Dury in person, variously charming, belligerent, foul, pathetic and awesome.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Uncut Magazine [UK]
Uncut Magazine [UK]

While it feels slapdash rather than properly punk-collage ragged, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is an honest job, and it makes a good case for including Dury's work and personality in any Brit-culture list of Reasons to be Cheerful.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent on Sunday
Independent on Sunday

A strong central performance from Andy Serkis as the late British punk rocker Ian Dury powers Mat Whitecross' directorial debut through a fractured 113 minutes.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Anchored by a ripping central performance from Serkis, this biopic about notorious musician Ian Dury is too stylish for its own good. Director Whitecross shows ambition and audacity, but his riotous visual style is distracting.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A sometimes whimsical and magical take on the life of one of Britain's most artistically charged rock stars. Serkis shines in his role as the troubled singer.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is a truly life-affirming and brilliantly unsentimental celebration of the Mockney and his music. Serkis was born to play this role.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4

There are no allusions to the empowering nature of punk that catalyses the tale; and strangest of all, there's not enough made of the funny, funky music that made him filmworthy in the first place. The result, too often, rings like a missed beat.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Audience Reviews for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Inside this strange little movie is a rather decent one. The editing style is a little out there, but it's mostly filled with a well casted, well done, well acted story. It is a story of a man who survived polio as a child, and became a punk rockstar. Serkis is good giving realistic grit to the self-absorbed leading man. I am a sucker for pics about musicians, and I found this to be an enjoyable one.
April 19, 2011

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An excellent 'mini-biopic' if you will, of a British punk legend. I'm a big Ian Dury fan, if you don't know who he is, google him this instant! Better still, go see this film, it would be rude of us Brits not to share him with the rest of the world! Mat Whitecross has executed the concept beautifully, never pussy-footing around the grimy truths of the cherished idol and taking notes from Dury's real life son gives it a certain authenticity that many alike films lack. Serkis puts in a really impressive performance too, probably his best to date, handling Dury's handicaps tastefully without exaggeration. Brilliant film!
October 12, 2010

Super Reviewer

Andy Serkis IS Ian Dury in this bio-pic of the flawed polio'd punk-poetical genius.

Einstein can't be classed as witless.
He claimed atoms were the littlest.
When you did a bit of splitting-em-ness
Frighten everybody shitless
There ain't half been some clever bastards
(Lucky bleeders, lucky bleeders)

If you've never heard of Ian Dury or his Blockheads, then you won't get much of an idea from the random snippets of music in the film, and if you're not a fan, this possibly won't convert you either. But if you remember him fondly, watching SEX AND DRUGS AND ROCK N ROLL is the next best thing to the man himself coming back to gobby feisty life.
February 5, 2010
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

Andy Serkis gives a brilliant performance as Ian Dury, a rock star that managed to have a fairly successful career despite having caught Polio as a child and having a wife and two kids. Its his determination that makes the film so compelling as we see gigs, both good and bad, fights, tantrums and the sex, drugs and rock n roll of the title as we see Dury start a new relationshp, make lots of money, have relationships break down as well as trying to keep his family close. Its sometimes touching, fun and funny as well as being intense and dramatic in parts with good performances also from Naomie Harris and Olivia Williams. A great rock n roll drama.
December 16, 2010

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    1. Ian Dury: It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
    – Submitted by Ben M (2 years ago)
    1. Ian Dury: The moral of this story is, don't go looking for morals to stories, and if you want a message, fuck off down the post office.
    – Submitted by Lou R (3 years ago)
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