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Svengali

Svengali (2013)

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This film tells the story of Dixie, a postman from South Wales, and a music fanatic. All his life he's dreamed of discovering a great band and then one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds them... 'The Premature Congratulations'. He hunts them down and offers them his management services. They are young, arrogant, sexy and utterly magnificent. Putting their demo on a cassette tape, Dixie heads out onto the streets of London... Innocent, wide-eyed Dixie embarks on a roller coaster ride through

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (7)

Writer-producer-star Jonny Owen's amiable central turn just about gets the movie through myriad sticky patches.

March 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Svengali ought to be sharper, but this good-natured, clunky labour of love feels about as fresh as a 2002 copy of the NME.

March 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

There's enough charming energy in this loose London music scene comedy to keep us entertained, but the plot drives us round the bend by refusing to go anywhere.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Hard to dislike entirely, but that initial pep wears off - and it's sad that any project should now be wasting Vicky McClure in the tagalong girlfriend role.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Paper-thin music industry satire which is (almost) saved by the sweet chemistry between leads Jonny Owen and Vicky McClure.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

I could only detect one joke in his amateurish comedy and it's not a particularly funny one.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Likeable casting can't quite salvage director John Hardwick's threadbare British pop comedy, under-developed from a web series.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Its writer/star has the charm and warmth to keep this muso fairy tale on the tracks and there are entertaining spot-the-rocker cameos galore.

March 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Suffers from ... datedness, its industry caricatures and underdog narrative ripe with clichés.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

It is refreshing to watch a film that draws together characters from across the British Isles in a way that is not only watchable, but reasonably well put together too.

June 24, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
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