Control Synopsis
The lead singer (Sam Riley) of Britain's Joy Division leads a troubled life.
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By Glenn Kenny
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...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Control doesn't claim to know the reasons Curtis killed himself. The act of suicide poses the question why, but rarely answers it, leaving...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of the most perceptive of rock music biopics.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Control goes past the clichés of punk rock-god gloom to offer a snapshot of alienation that's shockingly humane.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
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...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The result is both a surprisingly lucid portrayal of clinical depression and dramatically a bit stiff.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The cast is excellent, particularly Riley and Morton and, as Joy Division’s brash manager, Toby Kebbell. He’s a great character, bitter and...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
There's little illumination.
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I really enjoyed this movie. I've been a big Joy Division fan for years, so the scenes of the writing and performing of some of the songs were awesome. But the movie is actually really about getting...

This movie is amazing!!!

By jenmoz
I am an obsessive Ian Curtis / Joy Division fan, and have written my Master's Thesis on the Manchester scene of this time period. This movie perfectly captures the life and times of the singer's...

The Movie I've Waited a Life Time to See

By HimmuraTube
Ok, so I'm a biased Joy Division/New Order fan. This movie is brilliantly done. Yes, we do know much of Ian Curtis' history. What this movie has done was to let you live along side him through his...

Emotionally charged

By dwoodgate
This period, music and scene was very much part of my life, both preceding through the Velvets etc., and afterwards through New Order and the UK 80s indie scene, so I felt really engaged and present...

Tragic and Gorgeous

By modularlife
Whether you've never heard of Joy Division or are a dyed-in-the-wool fan (such as myself), this film is a crushing portrayal of Ian Curtis' short time on earth that is not to be missed. Even while...

Everything We Wanted to Know About Ian

By Elizabat
I'm an avid Joy Division fan andI knew there was a dark veil of mystery around Ian's life. Clearly this fueled the words to paper and gave us Joy Division. Only those few in the intimate circle of...

Sensitive and simple in it's beauty

By alejapuente
I've never seen a movie, that is a biography, with this level of honesty and depth into the main character's world. I loved it and I was moved....

Good even if you've never heard of Joy Division

By nhw3w
Very moving story and truly great performace by Sam Riley....


By Starrlight69
Sam Riley was amazing as Ian. It was great in that it was a well rounded look at Ian. Not just the end of his life, but what got him there....

IF you've ever had an interest in Joy Division or the 70's punk scene - go!

By Sarafina77
Gorgeous shots throughout the film, an excellent true-to-Ian's-life performance by Sam Riley. If you know anything about the story of Ian's suicide, you'll find the film loaded with foreshadowing to...

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Rated R | For language and brief sexuality