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
  1. 100
    Shines with a kind of inspired madness.
  2. 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.
  3. 100
    Like the music, the film is outspoken, roaringly funny, defiantly sexual and relentlessly in your face. I couldn't have liked it more.
  4. One of the sharpest and funniest movies about the music business ever made.
  5. Extravagant and funny it is, and also quite dark at times.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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.
  8. Hopped-up and electrifying. The soundtrack is wall-to-wall and propulsive.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Amazing, rich in authentic period atmosphere and detail, an ever-changing cyclorama of a movie.
  13. 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.
  14. 83
    Wilson's account is enormously self-serving and self-aggrandizing, but the film makes his ego a virtue and a running joke.
  15. Jam-packed mishmash of wall-to-wall music, trenchant character study, slick sociology and sly witty-Brit comedy.
  16. 88
    What makes this movie an up is that even when its characters are crying for help, they're also crying for Help!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    A rough, gritty, often scabrously humorous tribute.
  20. 88
    This wonderful party of a movie, as totally original as its hero, stamps on a smiley face that will linger for hours.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Funny, riveting look at the music scene that ruled Manchester, England, from 1976 to 1992.
  24. So energized by the subject that it overflows with inventiveness.
  25. 80
    Simply a two-hour rave, an acidic, ecstatic trip through the not-too-distant past in a world called Manchester.
  26. Reviewed by: Evelyn McDonnell
    75
    A strange art-house film, a must-see for punks and nightclubbers, a puzzle for the merely curious.
  27. 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!
  28. Reviewed by: Brendan Bernhard
    90
    The movie's a rave and a half.
  29. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    70
    The manic swirl of characters (most speaking in thick Northern accents that are sometimes muffled and incomprehensible) may leave you exhausted and confused.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  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'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. Sep 13, 2010
    6
    The fall & rise of Anthony (Tony) H. Wilson & his part in Manchester's cultural uprisings.
    It looked a lot of fun to make but I found it a bit
    too self-indulgent.
    Steve Coogan does tend to be more like Alan Partridge than Wilson although there are some similarities.
    The Joy Division bits seem a bit lame now, especially if you've watched the fantastic Control.
    Great performances by Danny Cunningham as Shaun Ryder & Andy Serkis as Martin Hannett though.
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