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Directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn team to tell the true story of Terri Hooley, the rebellious Belfast music lover who launched his own record label, dubbed "Good Vibrations," in the 1970s, and quickly emerged as a key figure in the Irish capitol's thriving underground punk scene. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A love song to both the power of both music and determined political resistance."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"It's the background of the Troubles that gives this rousing biopic its edge."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"The story of Belfast's "godfather of punk" is told with plenty of groovy style to match the 1970s setting, mixing the music with colourful locations and lively characters."
‑ Rich Cline,
"An engaging bit of myth-making, if a little undisciplined like its protagonist."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"An engaging portrait of a lovable, shambolic music fan turned reluctant impresario."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Film4
"An impassioned, funny and monumentally likable myth-making comedy."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Richard Dormer is immensely likable as Hooley, and Karl Johnson brings a dour conviction to his father, an elderly disillusioned communist who finds spiritual victory in electoral defeat."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The film, studded with archive footage of an awful time, is cheerful and observant even if it goes on a bit too long."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"For much of the time, Hooley's tale is, while enjoyably ramshackle, a familiar one of skanky pubs, transit vans, snooty major label executives and poorly attended gigs."
‑ Michael Bonner, Uncut Magazine [UK]
"Richard Dormer is a hairy tuffet of charisma in the lead role, and Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson's script gives Hooley some lovely lines to say, while perhaps cutting him a little too much slack."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"The undercurrent mixture of aggression and delirium is helped by the fact that Terri Hooley's bearded visage at times mixes the psycho side of some of Robert De Niro's characters with comical Robin Williams."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Never mind the mouthpieces: this one goes out to all the folks who know the true meaning of 'no surrender'. Go early. Go often. Bring the family."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"Any film that can bring tears to your eyes by playing a minor hit from 1978 - Teenage Kicks climbed only as far as number 31 in the UK singles chart - is all right with me."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"Joyous, but with a serious edge."
‑ Laurence Boyce, Little White Lies
"An amiable period piece, set in Belfast before Jonathan Powell ended its troubles."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
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