Good Vibrations
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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: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A love song to both the power of both music and determined political resistance."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"The team behind Good Vibrations have made a film that is determined to live up to its title, and does so."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, The Australian
"The gleaming, beaming centrepiece of this boisterous period piece is [Richard] Dormer's magnetic performance. Continually risking himself and his tiny store, he channels the passion and defiance embedded in the music he loves."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"There are many flourishes in this film, from visual playfulness to devices that rapidly move us through story elements, to touches of magic realism"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"It's the background of the Troubles that gives this rousing biopic its edge."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"An impassioned, funny and monumentally likable myth-making comedy."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Chock full of vigour, great punk tunes and larrikin wit, this feel-good film tells the story of Terri Hooley, a man who brings music to a battered 1970s Belfast."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"If the recent Proclaimers musical Sunshine on Leith was too sugar-sweet for your liking, this relatively ragged affair will do the trick just nicely."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"Set on a backdrop of 70s Belfast replete with bombs and conflict, passion for life is the central theme for this offbeat and up-beat film in which punk and new wave music unites the un-uniteable"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"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 does most things by the book but it's still an interesting biopic about a person that you probably won't be familiar with."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"An extraordinary labour of love about an even more extraordinary labour of love."
‑ Matt Glasby,
"In the charming if somewhat predictable Good Vibrations, popular culture proves able to match the firepower of divisive politics."
‑ Craig Mathieson, Sydney Morning Herald
"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
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