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Sing Street (12A)

Drama, Music

A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

The critical consensus

Sing Street has pluck and charm to spare, and it plays out with a terrific sense of humour that gleefully sees us to the final moment—even if there is little doubt where that final destination is going to be.

****(*)Michael Cox, Across the Arts, 25/02/2016

Just as with Once and Begin Again, Sing Street will make you laugh, cry and leave you humming its songs for days.

****(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online, 25/04/2016

Like a great pop song, Once director John Carney’s comedy about schoolboys in 1980s Dublin who form a band, is over much too soon.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 19/05/2016

The disappointment here is that Sing Street doesn't sustain its early momentum and becomes ever more maudlin, melodramatic and earnest the longer it lasts.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 18/05/2016

Coming after Once and Begin Again it offers further proof of director John Carney’s ability to make crowd-pleasing musical dramas with a lingering, bittersweet aftertaste.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 20/05/2016

The original music is abysmal, the period details are all over the place and the acting is cringe-worthy.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 21/05/2016

After Once and Begin Again, Irish writer-director John Carney makes it a hat-trick of delightful rites-of-passage musical films with his latest, Sing Street.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 22/05/2016

Happy sad indeed. I laughed, I cried, I bought the soundtrack album.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 22/05/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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