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Hunky Dory Reviews

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Top Critic
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.
March 3, 2012
Everything will not be quite so Hunky Dory at the box office has it blends into the background of serviceable low-budget Brit flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Aaron Yap
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
William Goss
The Playlist
March 12, 2012
Too gentle to have any impact, as uncertain of what it will ultimately be as its young subjects are of themselves.
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
March 1, 2012
This will appeal to Glee fans, everybody else may do well to give it a miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald Munro
Eye for Film
March 3, 2012
Despite the good dialogue the script is lacking depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
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+
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
March 2, 2012
Minnie Driver as sweary/smokey inspirational teacher aside, not one destined for the annals of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
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
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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
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 1, 2012
More wetly innocuous than it is actively engaging, it's one to be filed under "poignant failure".
| Original Score: 2/5
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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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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
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
February 27, 2012
There's lo-fi charm in the musical numbers and heartfelt turns from the young cast but the story drifts along without offering much that we haven't seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
March 1, 2012
Writer Laurence Coriat fails to come up with any fresh ideas for developing characters or storylines, and the film never has enough sense of pace or direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Leslie Felperin
April 18, 2012
Like a retro version of High School Musical with less charm.
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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.
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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-

March 2, 2012
A fluffy film about nothing, Minnie Driver and some talented kids keep the cheerful, sunny affair afloat but much like a lazy summer, it's quickly forgotten once it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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