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: May 8, 2015
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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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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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Charles Gant
Variety

[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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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Spike Island has plenty of feckless, disorganised charm.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

The filmmakers botch the story with a fragmented script and harshly edited scenes that prevent us from properly engaging with anything that happens.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

None of this ever feels remotely honest or real.

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Anthony Quinn
Independent

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

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

The piece as a whole gets bogged down in rites-of-passage cliches and, ultimately, seems out of time.

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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