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  • Summary: Famous DJ Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) finds himself at the center of a siege, when a disgruntled fellow DJ (Colm Meaney) decides to hold their station hostage after learning that he’s getting sacked by the new management.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Diana Drumm
    Mar 28, 2014
    91
    Alan Partridge stays true to this small, very specific world of regional British radio and this class of local celebrity while also injecting the high-level drama needed to carry such a story to a much larger audience. It’s this balance that should win the film over for Alan Partridge fans and the general movie-going public alike.
  2. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Jul 25, 2013
    80
    Smartly executed, endlessly quotable and machine-gun quick, this is one of the funniest films of 2013. Accessible for Partridge novices and hugely rewarding for the faithful.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 3, 2014
    80
    So clear your calendar. There’s no better time to get to know a character so obnoxiously stubborn that not even his own creator can shake him.
  4. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Mar 3, 2014
    70
    Film doesn’t suit Alan Partridge as well as other media, but Coogan and company have nevertheless delivered a consistently lively satirical comedy that would stand on its own merits, even if it wasn’t weighed down by expectations more than 20 years in the making.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Apr 3, 2014
    70
    Though not the finest screen outing for Coogan’s best-known alter ego, this is a worthy addition to the ever-growing Partridge archive, with enough weapons-grade comic zing in the first half to excuse the less sure-footed second.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Aug 8, 2013
    60
    The film has plenty to recommend it, thanks to a string of memorable one-liners and Coogan’s unmatched knack for skin-crawling physical comedy. But this is a long way from the back-of-the-net strike it should have been.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 28, 2013
    50
    Director Declan Lowney's film operates from a conceit that affords only minor opportunities for true hilarity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 2, 2014
    10
    An exceptionally funny film and very well written. Some people, and many state-side, won't understand much of the language.... not British or the accent as such, lolz.... no, I refer to the language of subtlety 8-) Expand
  2. Apr 4, 2014
    10
    Not sure how Alpha Pappa got so many bad reviews unless they're not Partridge fans, in which case they were never probably going to like it anyways. The best part of the film is that it stuck to its small screen value without selling out like Ali G, and dumbing down too much. Expand
  3. May 17, 2014
    9
    Ok, I'm an unabashed fan of Steve Coogan and Alan Partridge, but I'm trying to judge this movie on its own merits -- and it's simply fantastic. The beauty of Partridge is that he has always felt like a fully-rounded character, which is a credit to Coogan. Ricky Gervais is often hailed as a genius for his creation and portrayal of David Brent, but Steve Coogan got there first. One cringes when Partridge opens his mouth, and yet we can't help but feel a touch of empathy for the man. It's a fine line, but Coogan walks it masterfully. I showed this film to a room full of cinephiles who, combined, have seen just about everything under the sun -- they laughed themselves stupid. At the end of the day it works because it's beautifully written, the lead actor is something of a comedic genius, and he's surrounded himself with a great supporting cast. Expand
  4. Apr 4, 2014
    8
    Being a huge fan of both Knowing me, knowing you and I'm Alan Partridge I went in with pretty high expectations and I must admit it pretty much met most of my expectations. Great comedic acting (especially Steve Coogan as Partridge) great comedic scenes and an overall sense of humor and effort put into the film. A must see for Partridge fans. Expand