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Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Andy Serkis stars as volatile British new wave icon Ian Dury in this biopic from BAFTA-nominated director Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo). As a young boy, Dury nearly died after being stricken with polio. Though the ravaging disease would leave him permanently disabled, however, it would also instill him with the drive and perseverance to become one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Along with his band Ian Dury & the Blockheads, the unpredictable rocker would become a key figure in the new wave movement of the late '70s. But through it all Dury's abrasive… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"Somehow this well-intentioned film cannot help but turn an uncompromisingly original artist into a formula."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"You don't need to be a fan of Dury's music to enjoy 'Sex & Drugs...'. This is just gorgeous, celebratory cinema, unfettered and courageous, if unashamedly scattershot, much like the man himself."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"[Serkis is} a revelation as Drury..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Wonderful Ian Dury -- England's most endearing punk-era showman -- deserves a biopic worthy of his bouncy, ribald and trenchant songs. The new movie Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll ain't it."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
"The acting generally is first-class, but what holds the film together is the performance of Andy Serkis. His resemblance to Dury is simply uncanny, both in the appearance, the body language, the growling voice and the singing."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It's an energetic and vivacious film that will appeal to fans of punk rock worldwide and should find its place in the pantheon of great music-film biographies."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"...a major performance in a minor film."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"... hides an utterly conventional biopic behind a narrative chopped up into flashbacks, fantasies, animated interludes, music videos and carnivalesque stage shows."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Inhabiting the body and soul of legendary pub rocker Ian Dury, human chameleon Andy Serkis single-handedly muscles this by-the-book biopic into the realm of something very special."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Andy Serkis delivers a spellbinding turn as Dury. Replicating Dury's cheeky chappie onstage persona is admirable enough; more astonishing is Serkis' uncanny incarnation of Dury in person, variously charming, belligerent, foul, pathetic and awesome."
‑ Neil Spencer, Uncut Magazine [UK]
"Paul Viragh's script is too bitty to hold it all together, and filigrees of technique fail to disguise the weaknesses in helmer Mat Whitecross' first solo flight."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll ticks all the music biopic boxes, but Whitecross wisely ramps things up by looking at Dury's life with the same sort of random, chaotic vision that both blessed and cursed the man himself."
‑ Simon Foster,
"I'm sure there was more to the astounding life of Ian Dury, but this picture doesn't submit the nuances, only the juiciest clichés imaginable."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"This film is a British celebration of outsiderdom - be it the creative or the crippled - that is never sentimental."
‑ Cosmo Landesman, Sunday Times (UK)
"While it feels slapdash rather than properly punk-collage ragged, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is an honest job, and it makes a good case for including Dury's work and personality in any Brit-culture list of Reasons to be Cheerful."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Independent on Sunday
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