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Based on 27 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's Corbijn, shooting with a poet's eye in a harshly stunning black-and-white, who cuts to the soul of Ian's life and music. You don't watch this movie, you live it. show more

  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    There's little illumination. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Control doesn't claim to know the reasons Curtis killed himself. The act of suicide poses the question why, but rarely answers it, leaving the living to wonder, and to grieve. And there's certainly grief to be had in Control, but also joy. Really. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Morton's as good an actress as any working today and in Control, she overcomes an age gap to give one of the year's most heartbreaking and honest performances. show more

  • 100
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    It's also that he's really, honest-to-God, got one of those movie faces that doesn't even come along once every generation. It's astonishing. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    One of the most perceptive of rock music biopics. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The cast is excellent, particularly Riley and Morton and, as Joy Division’s brash manager, Toby Kebbell. He’s a great character, bitter and hostile and a scoundrel: a born manager of talent destined to tear itself apart. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    A rock bio minus the fun. The sex is guilt-stricken, the drugs are used to treat epilepsy, and the rock 'n' roll is about isolation and despair. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    A romantic victim to the end, this Ian Curtis is all that worshipful fans could ever hope for. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The result is both a surprisingly lucid portrayal of clinical depression and dramatically a bit stiff. show more

  • May 22, 2008 sailfofun
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    I really enjoyed this movie because Tyler Perry exposed the truth in a lot of marriages, there are so many marriages that have no trust, controlling, adultery and secrets. Each couple had issues that needed to be exposed. I thought each couple worked out their differences and I really enjoyed Jill and Troy story in the movie when she lost the weight and remarried. I also loved the 80/20 percent in a relationship that was talked about in the movie, that is soooooo true, so many have lost a good woman or man due to this percentage. And the list of good and bad to determine if you should leave or stay was awsome. Thanks Tyler for keeping a whole lot of folks together after this movie. I think everyone that is married or single should see this movie.

  • May 22, 2008 arod77th
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    I grew up a fan of Joy Division. As I entered adulthood, I became a greater fan of New Order. There wasn't much that I hadn't read about JD/NO. It almost seemed that I was right there with the band. When Deborah Curtis published Touching From a Distance, I read it with great fervor. I wanted to know more about the band. What I learned was that Joy Division was not just Ian Curtis. Sure, the lyrics were coined by Ian, but there is so much beyond his involvement. It would seem that most of the band was having a great time including Ian. After his death, he entered the mythology of rock. That he was a genious was true, but he was a confused man who was afraid to make a decision. I walked out of the theater after watching Control. Listening to one viewers after movie review, I was left with disbelief. One young lady said to another with tears in her eyes, "He was so torn. He was confused." Well duh! He was a kid. Really a man, but a kid. it takes guts to act like a man and do the right thing. A child will ignore the job and hope elves get it done. Don't get me wrong, I love JD/NO. They contributed more to music than other bands would hope. It is the music that I love. But the band members were/are not what we would hold up as great people. They were drug addicts, cheaters, greedy, and decietful. We should hold the music in high esteem, not the band members. Deborah Curtis told her story from the point of view nobody else saw. Ian was a tortured soul who did the flogging. Unfortunately, it not only touched him, it effected the lives of many others. The movie was depressing. Curtis' book was much more enjoyable. It told more of the story of the band, and the effect it had on many people. Ian in no way is a hero. He is the anti Superman who leaves behind so much because of his indecisiveness. Halfway through the movie, I couldn't wait for him to go into the kitchen to just get it overwith. What he did

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