24 Hour Party People
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This digital-video biopic uses the life of journalist, record mogul and club owner Tony Wilson to frame the story of the Manchester, England, music scene from the heyday of punk through the late-'80s "Madchester" era. As the founder of staunchly independent Factory Records, Wilson (Steve Coogan) shepherded the careers of doomed post-punk combo Joy Division, synth-pop superstars New Order and hedonistic louts the Happy Mondays. Along the way, he helped bring rave culture to Britain under the aegis of the legendary Hacienda nightclub. 24 Hour Party People follows Wilson from his… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"How much you enjoy 24 Hour Party People, director Michael Winterbottom's raucous look at the Manchester, England music scene of the '80s, probably depends on your background."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Tony Wilson's and "24-Hour Party People's" tossed-off philosophy was that the worst of times, like the best, pass away - never truer than in the fickle music industry. A free-form view of a freefall where artifice and artistry tumbled head over heels."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"When it comes to capturing music in a visual medium, 24 Hour Party People ranks right up there with Martin Scorsese's 1978 rock documentary, The Last Waltz."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"A light and playful look at the Manchester music scene which spans from the punk explosion to the dawn of acid house."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"This is Cult Movie Central -- and there's no livelier tour guide than Michael Winterbottom."
‑ Tim Merrill, Film Threat
"Coogan, as the consummate overeducated, overly-erudite opinion leader, is spot-on perfect."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Excellent movie about punk's origins; older teens only."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"24 Hour Party People is a frenzied, metafilmic, postmodern splatter of a homage to a music movement . . . a jolting, raucous ride into the celluloid distance.'"
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"It is probably entertaining if you are at least remotely interested in, or knowledgeable about, punk music or the rave scene. If not, forget it."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Steve Coogan makes a likeable enough narrator, and director Michael Winterbottom uses enough cinematic tricks to keep things interesting. Still, for those not in the know, 24 Hour Party People can seem 24 hours long."
‑ Matt Easterbrook, Matt's Movie Reviews
"A real party, but it's hard to keep track of the guests."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Those wishing for a full-on, comprehensive look at the era will be disappointed, but Winterbottom, Coogan, and Boyce serve up a vivid and lively thumbnail sketch."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Those who can't tell their Johnny Rotten's from their Right Said Fred's will be entertained by Coogan's charmingly relaxed turn and Frank Cottrell Boyce's ardent script."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Eclipse Magazine
"From a pure structure standpoint, 24 Hour Party People is extremely interesting and original. Surprisingly slow moving, however."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Director Michael Winterbottom has pulled off an inspired act of self-referencing, post-modern filmmaking that does these people, their attitude, their home, their music, and their legacy proud."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
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