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Hunky Dory Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shockya.com
April 15, 2013
A period piece spin on Glee, as filtered through the gauzy lens of underclass-artistic-exuberance that's plagued a subset of comedic-leaning British imports ever since Billy Elliot.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
March 29, 2013
A lyrically and emotionally intense coming of age tale. Touching on a teacher's struggle against the educational establishment in a search for the liberating musical self-expression of her students.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 22, 2013
Although not perfect, 'Hunky Dory' offers much to admire. For example, the film's glorious finale almost took my breath away.
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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times
March 22, 2013
Golden-hued, feel-good treacle, the sort that the U.K. has tried to export ever since Billy Elliot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 22, 2013
The golden-hued cinematography (a filming cliché that really needs to be retired) and the sometimes slack direction by Marc Evans are minuses ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 21, 2013
At various moments this endearing but sudsy movie, which spills all over the place, evokes "High School Musical," "Glee" and "Billy Elliot."
| Original Score: 3/5
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March 21, 2013
Hunky Dory flits along blithely from number to transporting musical number until it ends - with a sigh - and dodges any authentic engagement with its own ideas.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 21, 2013
Enthusiasm carries the day in this paint-by-numbers period tale, which is just charming enough to coast on its own clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 21, 2013
Director Marc Evans and screenwriter Laurence Coriat fumble both the musical side of their movie and the coming-of-age side.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 20, 2013
Hunky Dory has some pleasant things in it, but unfortunately, the funereal pace makes a snail look like a jackrabbit.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 20, 2013
An appealing drama set in Wales in 1976 about a high school rock opera version of Shakespeare's The Tempest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Keith Phipps
Time Out
March 19, 2013
When it's indulging in glammed-up musical sequences, Hunky Dory comes to life; everything else couldn't seem less inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
March 19, 2013
Surprisingly, it's not bad.
Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz
December 2, 2012
It's pleasant, forgettably feelgood and unabashedly hackneyed, doing everything you expect it to - nothing more, nothing less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
November 15, 2012
Dory has a spark that never catches fire, leaving the bulk of its personality up to Driver and her interesting take on the often strange moods of this coming-of-age musical drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Paul Gallagher
The List
April 18, 2012
There's at least one sub-plot too many, but audiences willing to suspend disbelief will be swept up as the greatest high school band in the history of music perform an impeccable selection of hits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
April 18, 2012
Like a retro version of High School Musical with less charm.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
April 18, 2012
Heartfelt interpretations of Seventies rock are only part of the appeal of nostalgia-drenched high school drama.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
April 17, 2012
The earnest playing of the orchestra and the lo-fi warbling touch the heart in a way that a more polished production might not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
April 17, 2012
If Hunky is hellishly clunky, it's also good-hearted and well-intentioned with some laughs and decent tunes.
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