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About the Movie
Seventeen-year-old Steven Patrick Morrissey is a shy dreamer amid the tough, macho world of 1970s Manchester; a world away from the life he’ll one day lead as the frontman for seminal 80’s band The Smiths. He spends most of his time writing savage music letters to the NME to avoid his parents’ deteriorating relationship until he reluctantly takes an office job he hates to support the family. His dream of being the lead singer of a band is put on hold and England, it seems, belongs to someone else. A chance meeting with artist Linder Sterling evolves into a lasting friendship between kindred spirits. Encouraged by Linder, Steven forms ‘The Nosebleeds.’ Their first gig receives such a rapturous response that Steven starts skiving off work in favor of working toward a management deal. But things quickly fall apart for Steven: he’s fired from his job, Linden moves to London, and the management deal for ‘The Nosebleeds’ goes forward -- without him. Suddenly Steven has no money, no band, and no friends.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 63
- Fresh: 32
- Rotten: 31
- Average Rating: 5.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: There is ... a great deal of moping.
Rotten: At certain points in the middle of it, you may think "I'm miserable now," though not in the way that Morrissey had in mind.
Fresh: [A] muted, sometimes arresting drama ...
Fresh: It is disarmingly modest in concept and self-mocking in tone, and so has not inflamed reviewers in quite the way Morrissey's own effort has. However, the fact it's unauthorised means that we don't get to hear his music.
Before Morrissey Became Morrissey
This movie gives a real sense of Morrissey's personality and psychological demons as he nurtures his craft during a tumultuous home life. For Smiths fans, there may be a bit of disappointment in not reveling in the early hits, but it delves into the core of the pre-conditions necessary for The Smiths to exist.
Run away! So disappointing :(
I'm a huge Morrissey and Smiths fan...had such excitement for this and it was horrible...all about the time BEFORE he meets Johnny Matt...no Smiths music, only one scene where Morrissey sings...hate to say it, but NOT worth buying or even renting. Slow and underwhelming...I'd give it ZERO stars if I could :(
Great Cast - Great Performances!
DUNKIRK star Jack Lowden truly shines here as a young Morrissey but its Jessica Brown Findlay who steals the show here as Morrissey's punk-artist BFF. Shot in Brit-style dreariness it leaves one to wonder if Director Mark Gill has a sequel/Part II in mind?