Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)

Andy Serkis stars as volatile British new wave icon Ian Dury in this biopic from BAFTA-nominated director Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo). As a young boy, Dury nearly died after being stricken with polio. Though the ravaging disease… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 5, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
A.O. Scott
New York Times

Somehow this well-intentioned film cannot help but turn an uncompromisingly original artist into a formula.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

You don't need to be a fan of Dury's music to enjoy 'Sex & Drugs...'. This is just gorgeous, celebratory cinema, unfettered and courageous, if unashamedly scattershot, much like the man himself.

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Sarah Boslaugh

[Serkis is} a revelation as Drury...

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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter

It's an energetic and vivacious film that will appeal to fans of punk rock worldwide and should find its place in the pantheon of great music-film biographies.

Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...a major performance in a minor film.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

... hides an utterly conventional biopic behind a narrative chopped up into flashbacks, fantasies, animated interludes, music videos and carnivalesque stage shows.

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Leslie Felperin

Paul Viragh's script is too bitty to hold it all together, and filigrees of technique fail to disguise the weaknesses in helmer Mat Whitecross' first solo flight.

Simon Foster

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll ticks all the music biopic boxes, but Whitecross wisely ramps things up by looking at Dury's life with the same sort of random, chaotic vision that both blessed and cursed the man himself.

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Brian Orndorf

I'm sure there was more to the astounding life of Ian Dury, but this picture doesn't submit the nuances, only the juiciest clichés imaginable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Inside this strange little movie is a rather decent one. The editing style is a little out there, but it's mostly filled with a well casted, well done,… More
David Sayers
A brilliant performance from Serkis and some interesting directorial flourishes make this an engaging watch, but a bit of a soulless experience. Dury comes off… More
Lesley N
Andy Serkis IS Ian Dury in this bio-pic of the flawed polio'd punk-poetical genius. Einstein can't be classed as witless. He claimed atoms were… More
Barry Lappin
Wonderful view into the pain and suffering Dury went through to make it as one of the most talented and original song writers of the 70's. Great film and… More
Adam M.
Andy Serkis gives a brilliant performance as Ian Dury, a rock star that managed to have a fairly successful career despite having caught Polio as a child and… More
Movee Critic
"Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" is everything that its title implies...on acid. Serkis is one passionate performer. Made me a believer and I… More