Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

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Released 2010

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Director:
Mat Whitecross
Released:
2010
Rating:
TV-MA
BAFTA nominee Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) stars in this ripsnorting and unapologetic portrait of mercurial British punk rock pioneer, Ian Dury (Ian Dury and The Blockheads). Funny, heartbreaking and very rock-and-roll, this directorial debut of The Road to Guantanamo co-director Mat Whitecross chronicles everything from Dury's troubled childhood and battle with debilitating polio, to the effects of his fame on his relationships and fatherhood. Also starring Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean, 28 Days Later), Ray Winstone (Beowulf, The Departed, Sexy Beast), Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Rushmore) and Toby Jones (Harry Potter, Frost/Nixon).

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Metacritic Score

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    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.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Robert Abele

    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 ...

  • 50

    Variety

    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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