Good Vibrations (2012)



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Directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn team to tell the true story of Terri Hooley, the rebellious Belfast music lover who launched his own record label, dubbed "Good Vibrations," in the 1970s, and quickly emerged as a key figure in the Irish capitol's thriving underground punk scene.

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Critic Reviews for Good Vibrations

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (2)

A love song to both the power of both music and determined political resistance.

Dec 19, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

An impassioned, funny and monumentally likable myth-making comedy.

Mar 26, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Technically a great biopic, but it's an even rarer and more precious animal: a great rock 'n' roll movie.

Aug 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Overall the feel, the music and the spirit of the biopic is a fresh take.

Aug 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A jubilant, exciting look at a movement known primarily for its irascible nature.

Nov 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Good Vibrations reminds us of the role punk music played in expressing the frustration and rage of a disenfranchised generation.

Sep 8, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Good Vibrations

Great performance Richard Dormer, passion and inspiration.

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hawk ledge

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Hits them emotional high points far too early in the film and is just kinda lost interest near the end.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

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Another good film that set in a record store. The fact that it's based on a true story is even better.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

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This Irish film written by Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson and directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn was a refreshing viewing after the previous monster packed 2 hours. Refreshing, inspiring and invigorating, it stars Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Adrian Dunbar, Liam Cunningham, Karl Johnson and Dylan Moran. The film is a chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene. [img][/img] The movie starts in a little bit awkward way - telling us the story of a happy kid who lost an eye because of bullying of the other kids - and shows a kid with a bow and arrow hitting Terri. Maybe there were other options but, anyway, at the end worked well. Later we find out that Terri Hooley (Dormer) became a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it, by chance, he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city's nascent underground punk scenes. Inspiring and encouraging the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader and some kind of protector of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative punk Ulster with no religious divisions, to bring his city back to life. I really loved the music, and most of it was provided by bands released by the Good Vibrations label, such as Big Time, I-Spy and The Pressure's by Rudi, Self Conscious Over You, Justa Nother Teenage Rebel and You're A Disease by The Outcasts and Teenage Kicks by The Undertones, as well as Stiff Little Fingers, another Northern Irish punk band around at the same time but not released by the label. The soundtrack also includes songs by The Shangri-Las, Small Faces, David Bowie, Hank Williams and Suicide - quite a variety. If you like movies with a heart and soul give it a go. It's worth it!

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