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  • Summary: Spanning from the late 1970's to the early 1990's, this is the story of the Manchester music scene, as seen by the founders of the legendary Factory Records label.
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
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  1. 100
    Shines with a kind of inspired madness.
  2. One of the sharpest and funniest movies about the music business ever made.
  3. 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!
  4. So energized by the subject that it overflows with inventiveness.
  5. 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.
  6. Jam-packed mishmash of wall-to-wall music, trenchant character study, slick sociology and sly witty-Brit comedy.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. AshleighW
    Nov 3, 2005
    10
    Great Movie!
  2. NazaraiA.
    Feb 20, 2007
    10
    Great look at the early punk scene in Manchester. I do agree with some of the user critics that the first half of the film is kind of slow but that critique is probably due to it's psuedo-documentary style (I found it compelling enough as a teen viewer however). Halfway through the running time of the film is when things start to pick up and the punk transforms from new wave and into the early rave scene. Loving electronica and being born in 86' and missing out on the early scene it was a great 'ear' opener albeit knowing all the artists featured. Steve Coogan's performance is truly original, one of the best i've seen lately in modern cinema. Don't see this if you're just looking for a comedy; If you're a fan of music, and can appreciate some oddball humor you won't be disappointed. Collapse
  3. 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. Expand
  4. 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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