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Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Reviews

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 15, 2011
...a major performance in a minor film.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Simon Foster
July 7, 2011
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.
Sarah Boslaugh
January 5, 2011
[Serkis is} a revelation as Drury...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
May 23, 2010
... hides an utterly conventional biopic behind a narrative chopped up into flashbacks, fantasies, animated interludes, music videos and carnivalesque stage shows.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 7, 2010
Somehow this well-intentioned film cannot help but turn an uncompromisingly original artist into a formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
May 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Armond White
New York Press
May 5, 2010
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.
Cole Smithey
May 2, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)
January 15, 2010
This film is a British celebration of outsiderdom - be it the creative or the crippled - that is never sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 15, 2010
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.
Neil Spencer
Uncut Magazine [UK]
January 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Romney
Independent on Sunday
January 15, 2010
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.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
January 8, 2010
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.
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
January 8, 2010
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.
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Leslie Felperin
January 8, 2010
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.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 8, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Wilding
Empire Magazine
January 8, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
January 8, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 8, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ben Machell
Times [UK]
January 8, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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