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Northern Soul (15)

Drama, Music

Set in 1974, an authentic and uplifting tale of two friends whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music.

The critical consensus

You get a sense that [the director] is more interesting in the music scene than the characters themselves, but the authenticity on display is impressive throughout.

***(*)(*)Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor, 13/10/2014

Sporadically engrossing.

***(*)(*)Ali Catterall, Total Film, 13/10/2014

Even if the plot is slight, Northern Soul scores big with its soundtrack.

***(*)(*)Henry Northmore, The List, 13/10/2014

While the storyline is a little underpowered, it's so packed with vinyl gems (Edwin Starr, The Salvadores, Frankie Valli) that Northern Soul fans will be doing backdrops in the aisles.

***(*)(*)Owen Williams, Empire Online, 13/10/2014

Some sweet melodies but mainly bad noise.

**(*)(*)(*)Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies, 16/10/2014

Elaine Constantine stacks up the right sounds in her take on this sweaty, cramped corner of youth history.

***(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 16/10/2014

Definitely worth a spin.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 19/10/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Cameo, Edinburgh from Friday November 7, 2014, until Thursday November 20, 2014. More info:

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