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Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 8, 2013
    70
    When rehearsals finally give way to full, unconventional production numbers, it's hard to imagine any way Hunky Dory could get much better.
  2. Mar 21, 2013
    60
    Pop memories are short. If the world conjured by Hunky Dory is sweetly appealing, it has all the pertinence of a dream half-remembered from long ago.
  3. Reviewed by: Joel Arnold
    Mar 21, 2013
    60
    Don't expect more than a passing summer breeze.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 21, 2013
    60
    Enthusiasm carries the day in this paint-by-numbers period tale, which is just charming enough to coast on its own clichés.
  5. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    Mar 19, 2013
    60
    Hunky Dory isn't blazing any trails, but if you're not wholly burned out by the genre and/or look back fondly on the Glam era, you'll find musicals haven't yet completely gone to the (diamond) dogs.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 8, 2013
    60
    Marc Evans's Hunky Dory is sentimental, sweet-natured and daft as a brush.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 22, 2013
    50
    Although the golden-hued cinematography (a filming cliché that really needs to be retired) and the sometimes slack direction by Marc Evans are minuses, Hunky Dory does deliver in the musical department.
  8. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Mar 21, 2013
    50
    Director Marc Evans's monotonous style keeps the film earthbound.
  9. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 19, 2013
    50
    The result is not without a few moments of exhilaration, although the overall effect is more like the Bard of Avon meets "Glee."
  10. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Mar 8, 2013
    50
    As emblematic of the film’s general indifference as anything is Driver’s central, perfectly fine performance.
  11. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 20, 2013
    42
    It’s too broad in both its humor and its melodrama, and there are so many narrative threads that none of them aside from Driver’s really get their due.
  12. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Mar 19, 2013
    40
    When it’s indulging in glammed-up musical sequences, Hunky Dory comes to life; everything else couldn’t seem less inspiring.
  13. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Mar 15, 2013
    40
    The picture draws only slight entertainment value from the spectacle of youngsters warbling 1970s pop tunes, like a retro version of “High School Musical” with less charm.
  14. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Mar 8, 2013
    40
    There's lo-fi charm in the musical numbers and heartfelt turns from the young cast but the story drifts along without offering much that we haven't seen before.
  15. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Mar 21, 2013
    30
    Laurence Coriat's shapeless script...pads its overlong running time with standard teen trauma — band squabbles, girl betrayals, skinhead brothers — that saps the audience's energy before the grand finale.

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