Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

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Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll pays appropriately uninhibited tribute to a pioneering artist -- and proves Andy Serkis can be every bit as compelling in a non-motion-capture role.

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Movie Info

Stricken with polio as a child, Ian Dury (Andy Serkis) finds success as a British punk rocker in the 1970s.

Cast & Crew

Toby Jones
Hargreaves
Tom Hughes
Chaz Jankel
Noel Clarke
Desmond, Sparky
Paul Viragh
Screenwriter
Christopher Ross
Cinematographer
Brian Tufano
Cinematographer
Chaz Jankel
Original Music
Sophie Hervieu
Art Director
Alex Marden
Set Decoration
Joanna Eatwell
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Critic Reviews for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (14)

Audience Reviews for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

  • Apr 19, 2011
    Inside this strange little movie is a rather decent one. The editing style is a little out there, but it's mostly filled with a well casted, well done, well acted story. It is a story of a man who survived polio as a child, and became a punk rockstar. Serkis is good giving realistic grit to the self-absorbed leading man. I am a sucker for pics about musicians, and I found this to be an enjoyable one.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2010
    A brilliant performance from Serkis and some interesting directorial flourishes make this an engaging watch, but a bit of a soulless experience. Dury comes off as a bit of a git, which he probably was, but that doesn't make it easy to relate to him and the film. Of course the music is great and it's got a stellar cast but trying to justify Dury's attitude was the consequence of a disturbed childhood is a bit of a cop-out and we've seen that done hundreds of times before on film.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2010
    Wonderful view into the pain and suffering Dury went through to make it as one of the most talented and original song writers of the 70's. Great film and superbly acted by Andy Serkis.
    Barry L Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2010
    Superb performance from Serkis as Ian Dury and brilliant direction from Mat Whitecross, a good and inventive biopic of a fascinating man. Makes me hanker now for the biopic of Johnny Rotten.
    Jon H Super Reviewer

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