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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Extravagant and funny it is, and also quite dark at times.
  2. Funny, riveting look at the music scene that ruled Manchester, England, from 1976 to 1992.
  3. 90
    The movie's a rave and a half.
  4. 88
    This wonderful party of a movie, as totally original as its hero, stamps on a smiley face that will linger for hours.
  5. 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.
  6. 75
    A strange art-house film, a must-see for punks and nightclubbers, a puzzle for the merely curious.
  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: 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. Collapse
  2. AshleighW
    Nov 3, 2005
    10
    Great Movie!
  3. 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 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. Expand
  4. 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. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. 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
    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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