Absolute Beginners Reviews

  • Apr 23, 2016

    Does this have an original plot and strong acting from everyone concerned? No. How did Patsy Kensit come to be known as an actess? She is utterly awful. Why is Bowie on the cover? He is only in it for about 5 or ten minutes all up and has little bearing on the story line. Plus he has a terrible American accent. His only saving grace is an amazing musical number. Look it up on You Tube and save yourself some time! How did this rate higher than Labyrinth on the tomato scale? Professional critics think it's a better movie, but Labyrinth has a cult following with its audience. Is it worth seeing? No.

    Does this have an original plot and strong acting from everyone concerned? No. How did Patsy Kensit come to be known as an actess? She is utterly awful. Why is Bowie on the cover? He is only in it for about 5 or ten minutes all up and has little bearing on the story line. Plus he has a terrible American accent. His only saving grace is an amazing musical number. Look it up on You Tube and save yourself some time! How did this rate higher than Labyrinth on the tomato scale? Professional critics think it's a better movie, but Labyrinth has a cult following with its audience. Is it worth seeing? No.

  • Jun 30, 2014

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  • Jun 18, 2014

    El director de video-clips Julien Temple, nos presenta un musical ubicado en la Inglaterra de finales de los 50 que se aproxima a la rebeldía juvenil de la época. Los personajes son más que superficiales y la película trata de hacer algo más que un homenaje estilizado: el resultado es irregular. A veces insoportable, a veces genial, "Absolute Beginners" es una cinta de amores y de odios.

    El director de video-clips Julien Temple, nos presenta un musical ubicado en la Inglaterra de finales de los 50 que se aproxima a la rebeldía juvenil de la época. Los personajes son más que superficiales y la película trata de hacer algo más que un homenaje estilizado: el resultado es irregular. A veces insoportable, a veces genial, "Absolute Beginners" es una cinta de amores y de odios.

  • Jun 18, 2014

    El director de video-clips Julien Temple, nos presenta un musical ubicado en la Inglaterra de finales de los 50 que se aproxima a la rebeldía juvenil de la época. Los personajes son más que superficiales y la película trata de hacer algo más que un homenaje estilizado: el resultado es irregular. A veces insoportable, a veces genial, "Absolute Beginners" es una cinta de amores y de odios.

    El director de video-clips Julien Temple, nos presenta un musical ubicado en la Inglaterra de finales de los 50 que se aproxima a la rebeldía juvenil de la época. Los personajes son más que superficiales y la película trata de hacer algo más que un homenaje estilizado: el resultado es irregular. A veces insoportable, a veces genial, "Absolute Beginners" es una cinta de amores y de odios.

  • Feb 09, 2014

    A solid first half gives way to a peculiar last 3rd but enough awesome and enough 80s provide more positives than negatives. Bowie, Davies and Sade are highlights along with Kensit in a stunningly charming debut! Adore the look and the widescreen palette along with the score but gets lost towards the end.

    A solid first half gives way to a peculiar last 3rd but enough awesome and enough 80s provide more positives than negatives. Bowie, Davies and Sade are highlights along with Kensit in a stunningly charming debut! Adore the look and the widescreen palette along with the score but gets lost towards the end.

  • Jun 06, 2013

    Julien Temple's stylized musical, which is set in the 1950s but was unmistakably made in the 1980s, features the very charming Patsy Kensit and some great musical numbers, particularly on involving David Bowie on a giant typewriter. Ray Davies also has a nice number about middle age set in an apartment building. Unfortunately, this film is lacking characters or a story you really care about. Compared to other brightly colored and stylized musicals like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" or even "Moulin Rouge!" it's severely lacking in these areas. The film also really loses it's way when the story takes a turn involving race riots and does not handle to tonal shift at all well. "Hairspray" would be an example of a film that starts out light and then takes on issues of race, but remains a well balanced film. Still, even simply watching the film as a stylish extended music video works and it's definitely a visual feast that is well worth watching. It's far from perfect, but it's a very unique film experience that is definitely a must see.

    Julien Temple's stylized musical, which is set in the 1950s but was unmistakably made in the 1980s, features the very charming Patsy Kensit and some great musical numbers, particularly on involving David Bowie on a giant typewriter. Ray Davies also has a nice number about middle age set in an apartment building. Unfortunately, this film is lacking characters or a story you really care about. Compared to other brightly colored and stylized musicals like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" or even "Moulin Rouge!" it's severely lacking in these areas. The film also really loses it's way when the story takes a turn involving race riots and does not handle to tonal shift at all well. "Hairspray" would be an example of a film that starts out light and then takes on issues of race, but remains a well balanced film. Still, even simply watching the film as a stylish extended music video works and it's definitely a visual feast that is well worth watching. It's far from perfect, but it's a very unique film experience that is definitely a must see.

  • Jun 01, 2013

    Though the film is flawed, it's still underrated as an exploration of a crucial era of London's pop culture, and the eccentric cast (including David Bowie) adds a lot of color.

    Though the film is flawed, it's still underrated as an exploration of a crucial era of London's pop culture, and the eccentric cast (including David Bowie) adds a lot of color.

  • Jan 08, 2013

    GREAT DANCE PERFORMANCE OLD FASHION GLORY DAYS UNFORGETTABLE BEAUTIFUL AND SO TENDERNESS YOUR 1RST LOVE NEVER DIES!

    GREAT DANCE PERFORMANCE OLD FASHION GLORY DAYS UNFORGETTABLE BEAUTIFUL AND SO TENDERNESS YOUR 1RST LOVE NEVER DIES!

  • Sep 12, 2012

    Kind of stupid, but still silly and fun. Gets an extra half star for David Bowie tap dancing.

    Kind of stupid, but still silly and fun. Gets an extra half star for David Bowie tap dancing.

  • Jun 10, 2012

    In which video director Julien Temple attempts to revive the musical with the help of a Who's Who of British music and one of the 1980s best soundtracks. An overlooked and under appreciated masterpiece

    In which video director Julien Temple attempts to revive the musical with the help of a Who's Who of British music and one of the 1980s best soundtracks. An overlooked and under appreciated masterpiece