Spike Island
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This coming-of-age drama concerns an aspiring teenage rock band, and their endeavours to see their heroes The Stone Roses live in concert and hopefully pass on a demo-tape that could change their lives forever.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"None of this ever feels remotely honest or real."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Whitecross clearly has both an eye and ear for the rarefied nuances of pop culture ..."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"It's a likable, amiable movie, and a nice reminder of the roaring 90s."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Stylishly shot and features an expectedly strong soundtrack, but the script feels contrived and the clichéd voiceover is rather annoying."
‑ Jennifer Tate, ViewLondon
"Underwhelming drama 
about a fledgling band trying to get to the Stone Roses' momentous 1990 gig in order to pass on their demo to Ian Brown."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"The filmmakers botch the story with a fragmented script and harshly edited scenes that prevent us from properly engaging with anything that happens."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Incident after incident might be prefaced with the dread phrase "one time we took drugs and then . . .""
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"Sniff all you like, but Spike Island smells of nothing."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"Christopher Ross's bold cinematography, in particular, helps capture the potent exuberance of the era."
‑ John Nugent, The Skinny
"It's hard to see who the film is aimed at, teenagers or nostalgic forty-somethings? There doesn't seem enough for either."
‑ James Mottram, The List
"The piece as a whole gets bogged down in rites-of-passage cliches and, ultimately, seems out of time."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"There's a terrific blast of nostalgia in this finely crafted film, which will probably make it a hit for Stone Roses fans, but it's so jaggedly edited that the plot is almost impenetrable."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"It's a bit ramshackle but good fun and enjoyably nostalgic."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"Spike Island is a film that does more or less precisely what you expect it to do - no more, and no less - and within that limited remit, it's a gentle and affable watch."
‑ Emma Dibdin, Digital Spy
"Following Made Of Stone, this is another slice of nostalgia for baggies of a certain age."
‑ Dan Jolin, Empire Magazine
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