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This film version of the Who's rock opera Quadrophenia makes a few tentative stabs at "explaining" the alienation of 1960s British working-class youth, but its major selling point is its nonstop rock-and-R&B musical score, including the hit single "Love Reign O'er Me." Phil Daniels (replacing the original opera's Roger Daltrey) plays Jimmy, a member of a well-dressed, drugged-up teenaged gang called the Mods, forever duking it out with the cycle-punk Rockers. The rivalry between the two gangs comes to a head during three tempestuous days in the seaside town of… More

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"Roddam's look back at an angsty young man in '65 is a throwback to the kitchen-sink dramas that began plumbing the depths of lower-class lives then. Reeking with a restless teen spirit, Quadrophenia leads us down adolescence's blind alleys of rebellion."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"An anti-musical...based on The Who's 1973 "rock opera" concept album...all the more brilliant for this seemingly counter-intuitive approach. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
""Quadrophenia" is a glorious representational story of male teen angst that transcends its British locations and great music with a sense of the confused romantic notions that young men the world over carry with them."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Manages to be both quintessentially British and irrefutably universal."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"When you're an angry young man, there's no better way to prove you're an individual than to dress and act exactly like everybody else."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Disappointing film version of a great concept album."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Director Franc Roddam shot the film with a gritty, realistic feel and the themes of youthful rebellion and confusion are absolutely timeless, magnified by the specificity of the setting rather than being limited by it."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"The film lives through the superb raw angst-ridden performance of Phil Daniels."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Quadrophenia succeeds through its devil-may-care attitude and energy. It feels like a low-budget homemade movie from the period."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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