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  • Summary: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is a ripsnorting portrait of mercurial British punk rock pioneer Ian Dury. From a troubled childhood and a battle with debilitating polio to the effects of fame on relationships and fatherhood, here are the highs and lows of a life lived sneeringly, unapologeticallySex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is a ripsnorting portrait of mercurial British punk rock pioneer Ian Dury. From a troubled childhood and a battle with debilitating polio to the effects of fame on relationships and fatherhood, here are the highs and lows of a life lived sneeringly, unapologetically out loud. (Tribeca Film) Collapse
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  1. Musical biopics usually replicate a star's rise and fall in depressingly predictable fashion. Hurray, then, for Mat Whitecross and his vibrantly eclectic take on what should feel like the same old story.
  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. 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.
  4. A new biopic of eccentric British rock legend Ian Dury, Andy Serkis uncoils a performance of spit, grit and wit so ferocious it only serves to starkly clarify how unremarkable and formulaic the rest of the movie is.
  5. 50
    Its flashes of style are sometimes lively but more often seem, like the slavish period décor, to be desperate attempts to overcome the built-in inertia of the genre.
  6. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    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.
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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
    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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