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Hunky Dory Reviews

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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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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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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
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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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
March 19, 2013
Surprisingly, it's not bad.
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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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.
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
April 17, 2012
The kids' final performance is a high note -- rousing and true; final proof that you don't need tidy resolutions to spin a lasting memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
March 19, 2012
It's all very lovely and very sad. Cynics need not apply. Aging softies will almost certainly yield to Evans's warm sensibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 5, 2012
Driver, dialling down her movie star glamour and sporting a credible Welsh accent, is winningly down to earth.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 4, 2012
The movie isn't bad. Driver is an attractive presence, and it isn't her fault that at times she appears unbearably smug and self-righteous.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
March 2, 2012
Although the film loses focus for a while around two-thirds of the way in, it ends as a well-rounded study of youthful apathy, anger and ambition mixed in with a degree of sexual awakening appropriate for the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Liverpool Echo
March 2, 2012
The trials and tribulations are familiar and the resolution predictable, but the film has a sweetness and sincerity that's charming.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
March 1, 2012
In some respects the picture tries too hard to be too many different things, and Driver's Viv feels underwritten, but the nostalgic, toe-tapping atmosphere and likeable characters carry the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror (UK)
March 1, 2012
Think a Welsh blend of Glee and School of Rock, with a great soundtrack and young cast led by the terrific Aneurin Barnard as talented but troubled student Davey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 1, 2012
In its goofy way, Hunky Dory is likable, and Robert Pugh is good as the gruff headmaster, drafted in to play Prospero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 1, 2012
Thank Heaven for biggish girls like star Minnie Driver. She at least, playing the show-directing teacher with spirit, wit and sass, gives Hunky Dory some funky-dory ebullience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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