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Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

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60

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Michael J. Fox once more makes a courageous effort to shed his nice-guy image in Bright Lights, Big City. Fox plays an impressionable Kansan who comes to the Big Apple to take a job at a major magazine. It isn't long before he falls into the twin traps of drug and alcohol abuse. His only hope for redemption is in the hands of Vicky (Tracy Pollan), the cousin of his scuzzy drinking buddy Tad (Kiefer Sutherland). Jay McInerney's bestselling novel does not translate easily to the big screen, but

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Aug 5, 2003

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (7) | DVD (9)

Mr. Bridges may not have breathed fire into this material, but he has preserved most of its better qualities. He has treated it with intelligence, respect and no undue reverence, assembling a coherent film that resists any hint of exploitation.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The movie is like a Porsche outfitted with a lawn mower engine; there's not even enough juice to get the machine out of the driveway.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Fox is very good in the central role (he has a long drunken monologue that is the best thing he has ever done in a movie).

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Along the gruesome road to self-discovery, Bright Lights offers some entertaining, episodic, danceable highlights.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
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Flyblown, devoid of pace and heat; it's such a mortician's slab that it's hard to even tell if the Fox performance is wasted on it, though I suspect it is.

November 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

truth be told, nothing much happens other than a series of increasingly mortifying benders

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Pure '80s rock 'n' roll fun from start to finish.

November 2, 2006
ColeSmithey.com

muddled but engaging

September 19, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Even when the story lingers at times, the central character is played so strongly that you can still stay with the film.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

This slice of New York yuppie angst is watchable, but forgettable.

March 19, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

Moves at a snails pace, but it's worthwhile sticking in for performances like this

September 18, 2002
Moviehole

Not unlike its cousin, "Less Than Zero," this one's slick, well-acted, surface-deep, and enjoyably disturbing.

July 27, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

There is no question that this is Fox's film, and the range of emotion he shows, the edginess that he brings to the role will doubtless surprise those who think of him strictly as Alex P. Keaton or Marty McFly.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Bright Lights, Big City

A fantastic cast, and a heavy drama, this is a good movie, it's very 80s, I really enjoyed it, and I highly recommend it..
March 3, 2011
ajv2688

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This left much to be desired. I think Michael was miscast, but the plot and dialogue wasn't that great either. Some books should not be made into movies.
July 16, 2008
ashleymh007

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I just adore Michael J. Fox.
January 6, 2009
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