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85

Metascore

Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Chicago Sun-Times
Shines with a kind of inspired madness.
100
Rolling Stone
Like the music, the film is outspoken, roaringly funny, defiantly sexual and relentlessly in your face. I couldn't have liked it more.
100
Funny, riveting look at the music scene that ruled Manchester, England, from 1976 to 1992.
100
Extravagant and funny it is, and also quite dark at times.
88
Just don't expect the truth. An extremely bent, highly amusing form of the truth, maybe, but not the truth. 24 Hour Party People shares with the current Robert Evans documentary ''The Kid Stays in the Picture'' an awareness that a good anecdote often trumps the facts, but here the cheats are cheekily laid bare.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
Hopped-up and electrifying. The soundtrack is wall-to-wall and propulsive.
88
New York Post
This wonderful party of a movie, as totally original as its hero, stamps on a smiley face that will linger for hours.
88
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
So energized by the subject that it overflows with inventiveness.
88
Baltimore Sun
What makes this movie an up is that even when its characters are crying for help, they're also crying for Help!
67
Entertainment Weekly
An insider nostalgia trip for graying art punks. It could have been called ''When We Were Cool,'' and it's finally so cool that it freezes you out.
63
New York Daily News
Personally, I'd rather have my brain invaded by flesh-eating beetles than listen to 10 seconds of the Sex Pistols -- Truth is, I've rarely had a worse time watching a good movie.

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