24 Hour Party People
24 Hour Party People (2002)

Spanning from the 1970's to early 1990's, this is the story of the Manchester music scene... Tony Wilson is an ambitious but frustrated local TV news reporter looking for a way to make his mark. After witnessing a life-changing… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 9, 2002
DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The colorful, chaotic 24 Hour Party People nimbly captures the spirit of the Manchester music scene.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

How much you enjoy 24 Hour Party People, director Michael Winterbottom's raucous look at the Manchester, England music scene of the '80s, probably depends on your background.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Even if you have never heard of the Mondays, whose members swiftly self-destructed in Ecstasy and excess, or of Tony Wilson, the entrepreneur the film is about, you may find yourself drawn into the vortex created by director Michael Winterbottom.

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Nick Rogers

Tony Wilson's and "24-Hour Party People's" tossed-off philosophy was that the worst of times, like the best, pass away - never truer than in the fickle music industry. A free-form view of a freefall where artifice and artistry tumbled head over heels.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Coogan, as the consummate overeducated, overly-erudite opinion leader, is spot-on perfect.

Evelyn McDonnell
Miami Herald

It's inaccurate to pin Manchester's rise as a musical mecca wholly on one person, but Wilson makes for a fascinating character study, and he's drolly played by Coogan.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Excellent movie about punk's origins; older teens only.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A real party, but it's hard to keep track of the guests.

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

Its wit and sense of fun open it up to people with only a passing interest in the music and the era.

Michael Dequina

Those wishing for a full-on, comprehensive look at the era will be disappointed, but Winterbottom, Coogan, and Boyce serve up a vivid and lively thumbnail sketch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
While I have yet to check out his entire canon, Michael Winterbottom continues to impress me time and time again. Oddly enough, even though I am never floored… More
Steven Carrier
Michael Winterbottom is always doing something interesting with his films- even though most of the time it never works, his ambition is remarkable. With his… More
Cassandra Maples
24 Hour Party People is the story of Factory Records, a defiantly eccentric independent record label based in Manchester, England, which discovered acts as… More
MisterYoda ?
If you are nostalgic for the British post-punk rock scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s and want to learn more about bands like Joy Division, Happy Mondays,… More
Daniel Perry
Brilliant film. Sharp and clever, lively and irreverent, Steve Coogan's break-out film portrays the Madchester scene, very specifically 1976-1992, when a… More
Wahida K
The unbelievably true story of one man, one movement, the music and madness that was Manchester.

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