Absolute Beginners
Absolute Beginners (1986)

The rise of teen culture in 1950s Britain provides the backdrop for Julien Temple's unconventional rock musical Absolute Beginners. The film centers on Colin, an 18-year-old with a talent for photography and a fondness for the neon… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 15, 2003
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

'Absolute Beginners' ranks as one of David Bowie's greatest songs, and it's just a shame the frustrating movie of the same name doesn't come close to matching its glory.

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Emanuel Levy

Though the film is flawed, it's still underrated as an exploration of a crucial era of London's pop culture, and the eccentric cast (including David Bowie) adds a lot of color.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

More interesting for what it attempts than for what it accomplishes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
On the box for this movie, a critic says it's a splashy musical or something, but that doesn't mean it's good, so I wondered why they put that on… More
Anthony Valletta
Julien Temple gets an "A" for effort in creating a modern musical recreation of the 1950's British Teen scene. The problem here is that the… More
Robert C
Just re-watched this, having seen it in the theater when it came out and on VHS several years ago. Sure it's not a GREAT film...but as musicals go (I… More
Jens S.
Probably a case of "you had to be there". First, in the time this musical is set in, at the edge of the 1960s, and then in the 80s, when this film was… More