Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. 80
    The movie catches us up so profoundly in Frankie's self-destructive spiral (and gradual rehab), it's as though we’re seeing it all for the first time. I'd like to say that's because the story is true, only it isn't.
  2. 75
    The downward arc of the first two acts of the movie is made harrowing and yet perversely amusing by the performance of Paul Kaye.
  3. An acquired taste that you may not acquire. I did, but it took me a while.
  4. This is phony, absolutely, but the good feeling it leaves behind is plenty real.
  5. Reviewed by: Sean Daly
    Like "This Is Spinal Tap," It's All Gone Pete Tong should have a long afterlife as a midnight-movie special.
  6. 67
    A smart albeit uneven jab at everything from the clubbing life to the male inclination toward Peter Pan.
  7. 60
    Grounded by a gutsy, over-the-edge-and-back performance by Paul Kaye as Frankie, It's All Gone Pete Tong takes the long way around before finally redeeming itself.
  8. The British comic turned actor (Paul Kaye) appears in almost every scene and he carries that weight admirably. He manages the very neat trick of keeping you interested in a character who doesn't merit our affection but earns it nonetheless.
  9. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Colorful, sometimes endearing but highly uneven picture.
  10. 60
    Australian mockumentary offers plenty of cheap laughs early on.
  11. 58
    The only problem is that he's been such a shallow, ridiculous figure that exhuming any real sympathy for the guy is a Herculean task.
  12. It lacks the genuine wit to elevate it to a truly satirical level.
  13. 50
    The entire movie rides on Paul Kaye's performance.
  14. The faux-documentary format does nothing for the material, but Kaye turns in a chaotic and ultimately moving performance.
  15. 50
    In addition to possessing the most confusing title of the year, Canadian filmmaker Michael Dowse's high-energy dance-club saga It's All Gone Pete Tong arrives in an elaborate package of spoof and deception that should win the admiration of any practical-joke connoisseur.
  16. 50
    If only any of it were funny.
  17. 50
    Lots of Dowse's ideas work well--the ringing tinnitus, the conversion of sound to visible waves, the trimming of treble and bass for underwatery effect, the removal of ambient noise entirely. But as the humor flags, It's All Gone Pete Tong starts to feel more like an exercise.
  18. Just inspiring enough, just scary enough, just sappy enough and just funny enough to get by.
  19. Reviewed by: Nick De Semlyen
    It's part satire of the drug-fuelled clubbing scene, part harrowing disability drama -- and almost entirely improvised.
  20. 38
    Isn't all wrong. But even at its very best, it's just all right.
  21. The mockumentary-style delivery of a serious subject proves to be an unworkable mash-up.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. DougB.
    Oct 2, 2006
    Will go down as a cult classic. Paul Kaye strangles his part to death and you just have to love it: he was born to play Frankie Wilde. [***SPOILERS***] Sure it gets a bit soft at the end, but you feel for Frankie and want him to end up with the deaf bird. A great supporting cast and hilarious set-pieces (the Austrians in the studio; the manager's sweaty rants against...heat; even a deft send-up of Victoria Beckham by Kate Magowan as Frankie's wife). Loved the soundtrack, laughed happily through the film. Don't know what that says about me, but that's my kind of entertainment. Full Review »
  2. KellyM.
    Jan 22, 2006
    This is very moving film that looks into the dept of our everyday club-nightlife, showing us just how altering it can become. Focusing on the extentsive damage it does that most us are aware of yet continuesously dismiss. That life style creates an extrodenary level of enjoymment to the point that it out-weighs any other alternative around us. The power it has over the mind pushes you into an unconsious spiral of thoughts which eventually blinds you from anything other than itself. This movie goes into the detail of these issues that we know extist yet prefer to ignore, not even giving it the chance for us to deeply understand just what horrifing things it can lead to, that and the fact we choose to dis-believe due to our own ignorance and temptations. After watching this film it opens your mind to the over-whelming consequnces of what's possible, that once again you can't help but to disbelieve such awful things can happen. For any punter cruising along the social scene of nightlife the film is a must see! It will open you to think differently bout the film itself and how you can relate to your own life. Full Review »
  3. SidneyO.
    Nov 25, 2005
    This movie is tops. I like it almost as much as I like Requiem for a Dream.