Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 0 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. Extravagant and funny it is, and also quite dark at times.
  2. One of the sharpest and funniest movies about the music business ever made.
  3. 100
    Shines with a kind of inspired madness.
  4. Funny, riveting look at the music scene that ruled Manchester, England, from 1976 to 1992.
  5. 100
    "Print the legend," Mr. Wilson says at one point, both quoting John Ford and laying the foundation for his own often fact-free fabulous fabulism. And this movie is just that -- fabulous.
  6. 100
    Like the music, the film is outspoken, roaringly funny, defiantly sexual and relentlessly in your face. I couldn't have liked it more.
  7. 90
    The movie's a rave and a half.
  8. Reviewed by: Jeff Stark
    90
    This dizzying saga of the '80s Manchester music scene is garish, reckless, endlessly self-indulgent and totally untrustworthy. What a blast!
  9. New Times (L.A.)
    Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    90
    The film is a whirlwind blur, a kinetic thrill ride through the industrial backwater that was one of punk and post-punk's most fertile Promised Lands: Manchester.
  10. Amazing, rich in authentic period atmosphere and detail, an ever-changing cyclorama of a movie.
  11. 89
    Loud, hilarious, and enormously entertaining, 24 Hour Party People makes you want to toss current FM radio out on its pre-fab, corporate-sponsored backside. And not a moment too soon.
  12. So energized by the subject that it overflows with inventiveness.
  13. Hopped-up and electrifying. The soundtrack is wall-to-wall and propulsive.
  14. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Just don't expect the truth. An extremely bent, highly amusing form of the truth, maybe, but not the truth. 24 Hour Party People shares with the current Robert Evans documentary ''The Kid Stays in the Picture'' an awareness that a good anecdote often trumps the facts, but here the cheats are cheekily laid bare.
  15. 88
    This wonderful party of a movie, as totally original as its hero, stamps on a smiley face that will linger for hours.
  16. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    88
    What makes this movie an up is that even when its characters are crying for help, they're also crying for Help!
  17. 83
    Wilson's account is enormously self-serving and self-aggrandizing, but the film makes his ego a virtue and a running joke.
  18. 80
    A funny, unexpectedly inspiring story of excess, poor choices, and unwavering high-mindedness, all tied to that quintessential bit of rock wisdom: Icarus did fall, but first he flew.
  19. 80
    Also featured are countless cameos from local superstars ranging from the Fall's Mark E. Smith to Mani of the Stone Roses, making the film an absolute thrill for fans of the Manchester scene.
  20. 80
    Simply a two-hour rave, an acidic, ecstatic trip through the not-too-distant past in a world called Manchester.
  21. 75
    A strange art-house film, a must-see for punks and nightclubbers, a puzzle for the merely curious.
  22. Jam-packed mishmash of wall-to-wall music, trenchant character study, slick sociology and sly witty-Brit comedy.
  23. The manic swirl of characters (most speaking in thick Northern accents that are sometimes muffled and incomprehensible) may leave you exhausted and confused.
  24. 70
    Coogan delivers a winning comic performance as the pompous impresario, but his story has little dramatic momentum of its own; he functions mostly as a pedantic narrator, imposing some cultural significance on the endless party and pointing out more intriguing personalities.
  25. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    A rough, gritty, often scabrously humorous tribute.
  26. 70
    As a historical document, 24 Hour Party People may be most meaningful to fans whose epiphanies were experienced at least one remove away -- at a different place or time.
  27. An insider nostalgia trip for graying art punks. It could have been called ''When We Were Cool,'' and it's finally so cool that it freezes you out.
  28. At times, the self-congratulatory tone makes for smug viewing and slow going. In spots, the pace is so all-exclusive that not every viewer will be able to get up and dance to it.
  29. Personally, I'd rather have my brain invaded by flesh-eating beetles than listen to 10 seconds of the Sex Pistols -- Truth is, I've rarely had a worse time watching a good movie.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Dec 4, 2012
    10
    This movie is the story history of Factory Records which created many great bands such as Joy Division/New Order and The Happy Mondays. It'sThis movie is the story history of Factory Records which created many great bands such as Joy Division/New Order and The Happy Mondays. It's kind of like "This is Spinal Tap" except that was fiction, this one is true. And that makes the funny parts in 24 hour party people even more funny because it's true!!! If you are a fan of the Britpop, Madchester or punk scenes then you should see this movie to get a sense of the scenes that music originated from. Full Review »
  2. Apr 17, 2016
    8
    24 Hour Party People is one heck of a film. Off-the-wall and truly odd, 24 Hour Party People is both a compelling biopic of Tony Wilson, the24 Hour Party People is one heck of a film. Off-the-wall and truly odd, 24 Hour Party People is both a compelling biopic of Tony Wilson, the man behind Factory Records, a film about the bands who he worked with, and a film about the Manchester music scene. Told in a news broadcast fashion thanks to Wilson's background as a reporter, the film frequently breaks the fourth wall to tell its tale and blends fact with fiction (while letting you know which is which along the way). Aside from the great music and the backgrounds behind it all, the film is a truly compelling drama that also tosses in some comedy that hits fairly often. Now, of course, this is a film that will not be for everyone. It is quite oddly told and its glorification of the era may rub some the wrong way, but as it stands, it is a truly vivacious and frenetic film that captures the drug-induced haze of the era, as well as its pure brilliance. Full Review »
  3. Sep 26, 2015
    8
    24 Hour Party People starts off rather like Andrei Rublev, with the crashing of the flight of a man. After that, I wouldn't say there are many24 Hour Party People starts off rather like Andrei Rublev, with the crashing of the flight of a man. After that, I wouldn't say there are many more similarities since this film is an often hilarious piece of work about the drug-filled Factory Records scene in mainly 1980s Manchester. As Tony Wilson (played by the brilliant Steve Coogan here) says in the film, it's not really much about him despite being a Tony Wilson biopic: it's about the music. Full Review »