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Northern Soul

Music . Drama

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

Actors: James Rhodes-Baxter , Emily Aston , Elliot James Langridge , Rob Baker Ashton , Claire Garvey , Ashley Taylor Dawson , Lisa Stansfield , John Thomson , Jack Gordon , James Lance , Ricky Tomlinson , Christian McKay , Antonia Thomas , Steve Coogan
Directors: Elaine Constantine
Country: UK
Release: 2014-10-17
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  • Katie Walsh

    The electrifying Northern Soul captures the 1970s British club scene of the same name with ethnographic detail and ebullient style.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nathalie Atkinson

    It thrills because Constantine, a noted British photographer, shows instead of tells.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Christopher Schobert

    Constantine captures the invigorating joy of these songs, and humorously shows that it is nearly impossible to listen and not feel the urge to dance.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Adam Lowes

    If Northern Soul loses its way a little as the duo's friendship starts to unravel, with Constantine working in some unwelcome and unnecessary melodrama, this is a minor blip in what is an otherwise joyous and air-punching affair.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    A great soundtrack can go a long way in smoothing over a decent movie’s rough patches, and Northern Soul’s is fantastic.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Funny and feisty, gritty and sometimes grim, this first feature from the photographer Elaine Constantine delivers a sweaty snapshot of a very specific time and place.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Owen Williams

    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.

    Empire Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    Every other scene showcases a northern treasure (Coogan, Thomson, Tomlinson, Stansfield) and looks, feels and – crucially – sounds true to its sweaty-hazy, slightly cramped corner of history.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    Give Northern Soul its due: this feisty, frequently amusing chronicle of one young man’s journey through the dancehalls of Lancashire nails its time and place.... A pity, then, that the story is so tiresomely familiar.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Ali Catterall

    Sporadically engrossing, its highlight is a brilliant recreation of an all-night dance-a-thon at that northern soul mecca, the legendary Wigan Casino.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    If “Soul’s” script errs on the side of simplicity, it does effectively downplay the cliches inherent in its unambitious story arc. And the foregrounded local culture is always engaging, with meticulous but unshowy attention to period detail on all levels.

    Variety Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    The storyline is so rote that the idiosyncrasies of the scene don’t register with any power. Full Review
  • Stephen Dalton

    Constantine’s skills as a first-time dramatist are a serious weakness here. Though the subject matter is rich and the soundtrack terrific, character and plot take a back seat.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Abbey Bender

    This debut feature by Elaine Constantine has no shortage of style, but ultimately relies a lot on cliché.

    Village Voice Full Review
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