Spike Island
Spike Island (2015)

Emilia Clarke (GAME OF THRONES) and Elliott Tittensor (SHAMELESS) star in this coming of age story about a wannabe rock band in Manchester who hatch a plan to hand-deliver their demo tape to their idols, The Stone Roses, at the band's… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 23, 2015
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Spike Island has energy and visual style to spare; unfortunately, they're lost within the movie's clichéd story and choppy direction.

Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Though the story is drawn in broad strokes and overloaded with melodrama, director Mat Whitecross' exuberant feature understands the communal joy and personal necessity of rock 'n' roll.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

None of this ever feels remotely honest or real.

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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Spike Island has plenty of feckless, disorganised charm.

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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter

The film has an engagingly zippy and colorful visual style, evoking the splashy Summer of Love motifs around the Roses, with allusions to their music videos and paint-splattered, Jackson Pollock-esque sleeve artwork.

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Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review

Taking its cue from the sort of pandering nostalgia that usually gets peddled to Baby Boomers, Mat Whitecross' irritating Spike Island follows a teenage gang of the Stone Roses' superfans in 1990 Manchester.

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Anthony Quinn

The heady whirl of the Roses' first album played loud is a treat -- the only one.

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Charles Gant

[The Stone Roses'] debut long player is one of the few rock albums that might justly be assessed all killer, no filler; Whitecross and Coghill's sincerely intended love letter to the era, not so much.

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Chris Tilly
IGN Movies

Good gags, great performances and a spectacular soundtrack rescue an otherwise average coming-of-age drama.

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Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International

[Director Whitecross has an] uncanny visual ability with music sequences as the film joyously skips through a pitch-perfect Madchester soundtrack.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
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In 1990, Tits (Tittensor) is a young man living in a working class area of Manchester known as "The Red Bricks". He spends his days drifting idly… More