Northern Soul Reviews

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May 31, 2019
Aggressively nostalgic and a little bit contemporary, Northern Soul expands a small corner of history into a living, breathing, sweating universe...
April 3, 2019
Elaine Constantine's fictional account of her own experiences is an age-old tale of friendship forged through shared passions, but it's told with heart and a dogged determination to document the time.
October 23, 2015
The movie is carried by the two hard-dancing leads, whose sweat-soaked strutting demands attention.
October 23, 2015
Rich in period detail, it's as transportative to the shuffling spins, fashion subculture and euphoric, amphetamine-fuelled all-nighters of 1974 Lancashire and the cult-following DJs of the Wigan Casino as a documentary, turned up to 11.
October 22, 2015
Disaffected youth and music go together like - well, there's actually no better simile. So how else to describe British director Elaine Constantine's first film? For one thing, it's got a well-defined sense of place and time.
October 21, 2015
The cast is mostly made of newcomers, and they are very good indeed.
October 21, 2015
Every last detail feels authentic, from the slightly unfashionable clothes to the cramped rooms in which John and his friends sort through records and piles of pills.
October 9, 2015
It's best to not quibble with the details and just enjoy the sights and sounds of this period drama.
October 7, 2015
The film has a ferocious, shaggy energy that mirrors that of the testosterone-, amphetamine- and adrenaline-pumped boys.
October 1, 2015
Funny and feisty, gritty and sometimes grim, this first feature from the photographer Elaine Constantine delivers a sweaty snapshot of a very specific time and place.
October 1, 2015
While the dynamics of John and Matt's troubled friendship are nothing new, Northern Soul does a fine job of creating their world ...
September 29, 2015
The convincing atmosphere, performances and soundtrack of vintage Yank R&B obscurities make this an enjoyable throwback to a scene whose influence if not its fame eventually traveled far.
September 18, 2015
"Northern Soul" feels driven by youthful energy.
April 3, 2015
Brilliantly captures the amphetamine-fuelled energy and sweat-soaked fervour of 1970s northern England's soul music scene.
October 28, 2014
Newcomer Langridge does an excellent job of making John grow up through the course of the film, subtly moving him from mouse to man through a gradual increase in confidence.
October 23, 2014
The plot is ropey but the soundtrack is fantastic. Whitehouse shows great screen presence and the likes of Steve Coogan, Ricky Tomlinson and Lisa Stansfield add some colour to the supporting roles.
October 20, 2014
A drama set around a cultural movement in 1970s Britain, this film captures the period beautifully, but its story is so underdeveloped that it leaves the fresh young cast without proper characters or relationships to play.
October 19, 2014
Definitely worth a spin.
October 17, 2014
The music is fantastic (well, it'd have to be) and just about manages to cover up the film's many flaws.
October 17, 2014
The photographer Elaine Constantine is a long-time fan of the Northern Soul scene, and it shows in every frame of her directorial debut, a buzzing love letter to the enduring, exclusive underground movement.
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