Oil City Confidential
Oil City Confidential (2009)

Julien Temple's "Oil City Confidential" is the last film in his trilogy on British music of the 1970s. It is a prequel to his landmark films about punk figureheads the Sex Pistols in "The Filth & The Fury" and Joe… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 20, 2009
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

What emerges is a film to rank alongside Temple's own Joe Strummer elegy 'The Future is Unwritten' as the very best in British rock documentary. Riveting, even if you don't like the music.

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Peter Bradshaw

I don't think [Julien Temple's] ever made a film as good, and purely insightful as this one.

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Neil Smith
Total Film

A clearly affectionate homage to the Canvey Island foursome whose incendiary R&B paved the way for punk.

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Philip Wilding
Empire Magazine

Authentic feel to this good-looking biopic of the ill-fated band.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

The splicing of old home videos, archive footage and new interviews is handled with real finesse, and in the band's mad-eyed, quixotic guitarist Wilco Johnson, the film has a tirelessly charismatic ringmaster.

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Neil Spencer
Uncut Magazine [UK]

It's Wilko's peremptory, offbeat monologues that provide Oil City Confidential with its through-line and several of its funniest moments, not least when he describes the clouds and flames of the Shell Haven Refinery as "Miltonic"

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

Julien Temple's rockumentary Oil City Confidential looks like a series of Martin Parr photographs of the British by the seaside, and then segues into thrashing guitars on the Seventies New York stage.

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Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies

A rugged piece of pulp entertainment charting the unlikely rise of UK blues outfit Dr Feelgood.

Damon Wise
Radio Times

Temple tries his best to make the story lively and interesting (even embarking on a brief history of the Thames estuary), but Dr Feelgood remains an R&B band of limited appeal, and Oil City Confidential won't create many new converts.

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Julien Temple's superb documentary charting the rise and fall of Canvey Island pub-rockers Dr Feelgood. The twitchily charismatic presence of guitarist… More