Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

Comedy biopic on Terri Hooley (Richard Dormer) - the Irish record store instrumental in developing Belfast's '70s punk-rock scene. Starting with a record store called Good Vibrations and then the label of the same name, Hooley first fostered an alternative music community in his city and then helped bands such as The Undertones and The Outcasts make their mark. Dylan Moran, Jodie Whittaker (TV's Broadchurch) and Liam Cunningham (TV's Game of Thrones) co-star.

"Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast, who opens a record shop calling it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city's nascent underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life." (SXSW Festival)

2012Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language100 minsUK, Ireland
BiographyDramaMusicTrue Story & Biography
90%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Up the Punks

The sobering footage of the 'Troubles" in Belfast is what sets this feel good movie apart from its English counterparts that are so sickly sweet they make my teeth hurt. The main character is a selfish man-child but his infectious enthusiasm for music and the punk scene plus the great soundtrack make for an entertaining likeable movie. My only criticism was...

4.0
0

The Redefinition of Success

Although release in 2012, Good Vibrations finally makes it to theatres in New Zealand soon... But it was worth the wait. I usually don't like biopics where the subject is still alive, as they seem so inconclusive, but Good Vibrations is probably the exception to this rule. Terri Hooley (played by Richard Dormer), for all his flaws and failings is a man...

4.0
0

The Irish know how to have a bit of craic ...

You have to see this funny biopic that shows even in grim times there is relief in music. You don't have to be into punk rock though you would be surprised as it crosses all sorts of boundaries the reality of the world throws at us. Connected with me in so many ways, the past, music, drama, fun, lifes blemishes add to the beauty of this movie. This movie...

4.0
0

I'm picking up good vibrations...

Thoroughly enjoyable movie. Balances telling the story of Belfast in the 1970's with a well writen, amusing story of the rise of punk rock.

4.0
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Good times

A really enjoyable film. The mood and music of the time feels like it was captured with a real authenticity. Great performances and funnier than most proclaimed comedies of late. Top soundtrack too.

4.0
0

...because I F*****G can!

...is just one great line in an even greater movie; what I enjoyed most about GOOD VIBRATIONS is that it was nothing like I expected; go see it.

4.0
0

don't miss this

a little gem of a movie

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i got the wandering i

really really good movie. please let there be a soundtrack release for this. i expect there might be a fairly narrow age band that will love this movie and the rest of the planet may be a bit bemused. only gripe - Terri's glass eye tracked with his real one. if it had been motionless it would have added a lot of humour.

4.0
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Loved it

A great story, great music and you come out feeling good - cant ask more than that!

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Dithers between being honest about its hero’s faults (alcoholism, selfishness, being a lousy husband and father) and celebrating his virtues (fearlessness, generosity of spirit). However, the pic’s pluses include a spot-on rendering of the sweaty, shabby period milieu and a breakout turn by thesp Richard Dormer.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s likeable but flawed biopic of a ’70s Belfast punk hero stands and stumbles on its charm levels.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

An impassioned, funny and monumentally likable myth-making comedy.

4.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Dormer is immensely likable as Hooley, and Johnson brings a dour conviction to his father, an elderly disillusioned communist who finds spiritual victory in electoral defeat.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Charming if somewhat predictable... popular culture proves able to match the firepower of divisive politics.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Lightweight but likable musical bio resurrects a forgotten chapter from Irish punk rock history.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A rousing tale of rock 'n' roll rebellion that shows how one man's black-vinyl passions ended up socking it to The Man.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Dithers between being honest about its hero’s faults (alcoholism, selfishness, being a lousy husband and father) and celebrating his virtues (fearlessness, generosity of spirit). However, the pic’s pluses include a spot-on rendering of the sweaty, shabby period milieu and a breakout turn by thesp Richard Dormer.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s likeable but flawed biopic of a ’70s Belfast punk hero stands and stumbles on its charm levels.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

An impassioned, funny and monumentally likable myth-making comedy.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Dormer is immensely likable as Hooley, and Johnson brings a dour conviction to his father, an elderly disillusioned communist who finds spiritual victory in electoral defeat.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Charming if somewhat predictable... popular culture proves able to match the firepower of divisive politics.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Lightweight but likable musical bio resurrects a forgotten chapter from Irish punk rock history.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A rousing tale of rock 'n' roll rebellion that shows how one man's black-vinyl passions ended up socking it to The Man.

4.0
0

Up the Punks

The sobering footage of the 'Troubles" in Belfast is what sets this feel good movie apart from its English counterparts that are so sickly sweet they make my teeth hurt. The main character is a selfish man-child but his infectious enthusiasm for music and the punk scene plus the great soundtrack make for an entertaining likeable movie. My only criticism...

4.0
0

The Redefinition of Success

Although release in 2012, Good Vibrations finally makes it to theatres in New Zealand soon... But it was worth the wait. I usually don't like biopics where the subject is still alive, as they seem so inconclusive, but Good Vibrations is probably the exception to this rule. Terri Hooley (played by Richard Dormer), for all his flaws and failings is a man...

4.0
0

The Irish know how to have a bit of craic ...

You have to see this funny biopic that shows even in grim times there is relief in music. You don't have to be into punk rock though you would be surprised as it crosses all sorts of boundaries the reality of the world throws at us. Connected with me in so many ways, the past, music, drama, fun, lifes blemishes add to the beauty of this movie. This movie...

4.0
0

I'm picking up good vibrations...

Thoroughly enjoyable movie. Balances telling the story of Belfast in the 1970's with a well writen, amusing story of the rise of punk rock.

4.0
0

Good times

A really enjoyable film. The mood and music of the time feels like it was captured with a real authenticity. Great performances and funnier than most proclaimed comedies of late. Top soundtrack too.

4.0
0

...because I F*****G can!

...is just one great line in an even greater movie; what I enjoyed most about GOOD VIBRATIONS is that it was nothing like I expected; go see it.

4.0
0

don't miss this

a little gem of a movie

0

i got the wandering i

really really good movie. please let there be a soundtrack release for this. i expect there might be a fairly narrow age band that will love this movie and the rest of the planet may be a bit bemused. only gripe - Terri's glass eye tracked with his real one. if it had been motionless it would have added a lot of humour.

4.0
0

Loved it

A great story, great music and you come out feeling good - cant ask more than that!

4.0
0