Svengali (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

Svengali (2013)

Svengali (2013)

TOMATOMETER

——

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Svengali Photos

Movie Info

This film tells the story of Dixie, a postman from South Wales, and a music fanatic. All his life he's dreamed of discovering a great band and then one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds them... 'The Premature Congratulations'. He hunts them down and offers them his management services. They are young, arrogant, sexy and utterly magnificent. Putting their demo on a cassette tape, Dixie heads out onto the streets of London... Innocent, wide-eyed Dixie embarks on a roller coaster ride through the most 'infamous' industry of them all. His partner and his sanity through it all is his soulmate Michelle. Every day is a battle for Dixie, totally broke and working for nothing to get his beloved band gigs, their egos grow with their stardom. The more successful 'The Prems' get, the greater the chances are of Dixie losing them. He has to decide what are his real priorities in life...his love of music or his love for Michelle.

Cast

Matt Berry
as Jeremy Braines
Michael Smiley
as Irish Pierre
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Svengali

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

Writer-producer-star Jonny Owen's amiable central turn just about gets the movie through myriad sticky patches.

March 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

With shots of Tower Bridge etc, the mostly London-based story is as conventional as they come. [But} Owen is certainly a very funny screen presence.

October 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Birmingham Mail

Svengali ought to be sharper, but this good-natured, clunky labour of love feels about as fresh as a 2002 copy of the NME.

March 23, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Observer (UK)

There's enough charming energy in this loose London music scene comedy to keep us entertained, but the plot drives us round the bend by refusing to go anywhere.

March 21, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
Contactmusic.com

Hard to dislike entirely, but that initial pep wears off - and it's sad that any project should now be wasting Vicky McClure in the tagalong girlfriend role.

March 20, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Guardian

Paper-thin music industry satire which is (almost) saved by the sweet chemistry between leads Jonny Owen and Vicky McClure.

March 20, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Little White Lies

Audience Reviews for Svengali

There are no audience reviews yet. Hurry, submit your review so you can be first!

Svengali Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Svengali on our Movie forum!

News & Features