Time Out says
It’s a great story, that’s for sure, blending vaunting ambition, a mangled ego and the obvious comedy potential of the ’80s music scene’s lowest rungs. Whether it works in feature-film form is another matter, since seasoned scribes Dick Clement and Iain LaFrenais evidently had problems here. Ben Barnes is an innately likeable presence in the central role, yet given the character’s propensity to behave like an absolute arse, this can’t mask the difficulty Nick Hamm’s film has in keeping the audience on board for almost two hours. The ministrations of Stanley Townsend’s caricature Dublin gangster evidently look to curry favour for the errant protagonist, only to prove a tiresome subplot, while Martin McCann’s Bono-alike turns out a dismayingly decent chap. Still, the underlying pull of McCormick’s fervently mixed-up emotions, and indeed his ever-readiness with a smart quip, help stabilise the often ungainly storytelling, and, ultimately, there’s something cheering and very human about a hero’s journey towards the recognition of his myriad flaws.
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