Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

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6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9

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  1. Aug 19, 2010
    8
    Excellent Biopic of the late, great Ian Dury portrayed to a tee by Andy Serkis.
    It does start off a bit messy, jumping around in a surreal state between timelines but once it settles down, is very well done.
    The cast play out their roles well, dialogue is sharp & witty like Dury & the music works as it's Serkis singing rather than miming to a backing track. My only real criticism is that
    Excellent Biopic of the late, great Ian Dury portrayed to a tee by Andy Serkis.
    It does start off a bit messy, jumping around in a surreal state between timelines but once it settles down, is very well done.
    The cast play out their roles well, dialogue is sharp & witty like Dury & the music works as it's Serkis singing rather than miming to a backing track.
    My only real criticism is that it didn't show more about Dury's life later on & just portrayed him up to the mid/late 80s.
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Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Philip Wilding
    60
    A sometimes whimsical and magical take on the life of one of Britain’s most artistically charged rock stars. Serkis shines in his role as the troubled singer.
  2. It's an energetic and vivacious film that will appeal to fans of punk rock worldwide and should find its place in the pantheon of great music-film biographies.
  3. 50
    Paul Viragh's script is too bitty to hold it all together, and filigrees of technique fail to disguise the weaknesses in helmer Mat Whitecross' first solo flight.