"Michael Winterbottom's cheerfully bonkers tribute to the hugely influential Manchester music scene is a great big bliss-bomb of nostalgia, great tunes and inspired lunacy...taking us on a giddy ride from the burgeoning punk scene of the late 1970s through the ecstasy-fueled rave days of the early '90s....This wonderful party of a movie stamps on a smiley face that will linger for hours." --

Megan Turner, The New York Post

" of the sharpest and funniest movies about the music business ever made... Winterbottom really gets the look and sound of this era in which pathos and slapstick and psychosis were all jammed together. Punk and the rave culture come across without a smidgen of moralizing, which makes the manic intoxication bubbling up before our eyes seem all the more real." --Peter Rainer, New York

"It's a scrappy pop docudrama that's as mod, odd, and ironic as its subject--the urban-dance-squad demimonde of Manchester, England, during the late '70s and '80s, when bands like Joy Division, Happy Mondays, and New Order fused the garage nihilism of punk with a new kind of funky, industrial beat-box reverie, generating the birth of rave culture...'24 Hour Party People' is 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." --Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"...the rare film about rock that actually captures the anarchic essence of its subject matter-- in this case punk, the least civilized of all pop genres...Winterbottom is the most improvisational he's ever been, concocting a delirious mix of stock footage, faux documentary, collage cocktails, cameos by surviving punk heroes and a kind of unspooling ribbon of tie-dyed celluloid...'24 Hour Party People' is a winner not just because it's so loose and chaotic but because it's loose, chaotic and has such a sympathetic intelligence charting its course." --John Anderson, Newsday