Control (2007)

Ian Curtis has aspirations beyond the trappings of small town life in 1970s England. Wanting to emulate his musical heroes, such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop, he joins a band, and his musical ambition begins to thrive. Soon though, the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 17, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Control is a work of art, thanks to its evocative black and white cinematography and sensational performances from Sam Riley and Samantha Morton. Even those not familiar with Joy Division can still appreciate the beauty of the film.

Bob Mondello

The film leaves you with the impression of an almost painfully innocent young singer, for whom alienation was, alas, far more than a pose.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Sam Riley is fascinating as Curtis, a hypersensitive young man hobbled by his incurable disease, and Samantha Morton is poignant as his put-upon wife.

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

The film overcomes the central miscasting of Samantha Morton.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Ian's trapped between insurrection and guilt, and so is Corbijn's film which mires itself in the artist's bourgeoisie dramas without figuring out how they influenced his music.

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John Wenzel
Denver Post

The film nails both the malaise and creative vigor of Curtis' short, bruised and chillingly relatable life.

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Nick Rogers

The way Ian Curtis blocked his onstage movement mirrored isolationism in his home life. He clasped the microphone stand like a drowning man would a life preserver, but he couldn't stay afloat in dreary waters of his own creation. A seamless rock biopic.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

[An] absorbing and ultimately harrowing look at Ian Curtis' short, unhappy life.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Though Curtis is hopelessly dysfunctional, photographer-turned-filmmaker Anton Corbijn makes us achingly aware of the singer's talent, the haunting poetry of his songs and how, living in the gloomy culture he did, his passing was virtually inevitable.

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Dragan Antulov

Film %u0107e stoga biti shvatljiv samo onim gledateljima koji detalje povijesti "Joy Divisiona" i Curtisovog %u017Eivota imaju u malom prstu, a to su, dakako, najokorjeliji fanovi.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Good movie. I never knew too much about the lead singer of this band, only that it he had a sad life. This movie really did well painting a life full of… More
Lady D'arbanville
A little slow moving, but this biopic of Joy Division?s front man Ian Curtis' life is realistic with some enjoyable performances. I don?t claim to be a… More
MisterYoda ?
For every icon, there is an unknown predecessor who paves the way. Before there was Kurt Cobain, there was Ian Curtis, lead singer of the post-punk band, Joy… More
Bannan instant enigma- just add water
As I'm not totally familiar with the band or the whole story behind the music...this was quite an intriguing film to watch. First, because the entirety of… More
A.D. Villarreal
I generally don't do biopics because they're either not very interesting or very true to life but this, the rise and fall of Ian Curtis is an expertly… More
Tim Sigur
It's a great thing when a film makes you want to go out and find out everything about it's subject. This is one of those films. Sam Riley is… More