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24 Hour Party People Reviews

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 25, 2010
Tony Wilson's and "24-Hour Party People's" tossed-off philosophy was that the worst of times, like the best, pass away - never truer than in the fickle music industry. A free-form view of a freefall where artifice and artistry tumbled head over heels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
August 26, 2010
Excellent movie about punk's origins; older teens only.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 7, 2005
Those wishing for a full-on, comprehensive look at the era will be disappointed, but Winterbottom, Coogan, and Boyce serve up a vivid and lively thumbnail sketch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
When it comes to capturing music in a visual medium, 24 Hour Party People ranks right up there with Martin Scorsese's 1978 rock documentary, The Last Waltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
24 Hour Party People is a frenzied, metafilmic, postmodern splatter of a homage to a music movement . . . a jolting, raucous ride into the celluloid distance.'
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
January 31, 2003
Those who can't tell their Johnny Rotten's from their Right Said Fred's will be entertained by Coogan's charmingly relaxed turn and Frank Cottrell Boyce's ardent script.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
January 31, 2003
A light and playful look at the Manchester music scene which spans from the punk explosion to the dawn of acid house.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 22, 2002
It is probably entertaining if you are at least remotely interested in, or knowledgeable about, punk music or the rave scene. If not, forget it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 18, 2002
From a pure structure standpoint, 24 Hour Party People is extremely interesting and original. Surprisingly slow moving, however.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Tim Merrill
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
This is Cult Movie Central -- and there's no livelier tour guide than Michael Winterbottom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
December 4, 2002
Steve Coogan makes a likeable enough narrator, and director Michael Winterbottom uses enough cinematic tricks to keep things interesting. Still, for those not in the know, 24 Hour Party People can seem 24 hours long.
| Original Score: 2.5 / 5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
December 4, 2002
Director Michael Winterbottom has pulled off an inspired act of self-referencing, post-modern filmmaking that does these people, their attitude, their home, their music, and their legacy proud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
November 4, 2002
Brilliantly realised and hilariously funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
October 5, 2002
Fans of that period of music should see the film post-haste; others may enjoy it purely from a filmmaking perspective, in which category it succeeds pretty well.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 4, 2002
Winterbottom gets the look and feel of the various periods right (the terrific soundtrack certainly helps).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 4, 2002
The [music] scene plays as a frenetic, ever-changing background for the always engaging and often enraging Wilson, who juggles legends, half-truths, exaggerations and baldfaced lies about the times and his part in them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 2, 2002
How much you enjoy 24 Hour Party People, director Michael Winterbottom's raucous look at the Manchester, England music scene of the '80s, probably depends on your background.
| Original Score: B
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 2, 2002
One of the most purely entertaining films about (for want of a better term) pop music in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
September 22, 2002
Despite its failings and its admittedly untrustworthy account of the events it portrays ... and it often achieves great poignancy and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
September 20, 2002
Works mostly because Wilson is such an appealing, humorous character, who even makes occasional pomposity likeable.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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