Bright Lights, Big City Reviews

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
June 18, 2008
truth be told, nothing much happens other than a series of increasingly mortifying benders
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 1, 1988
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 18, 2007
| Original Score: 1/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 15, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
November 9, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 27, 2002
Not unlike its cousin, "Less Than Zero," this one's slick, well-acted, surface-deep, and enjoyably disturbing.
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 18, 2002
Moves at a snails pace, but it's worthwhile sticking in for performances like this
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 2, 2006
Pure '80s rock 'n' roll fun from start to finish.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
muddled but engaging
| Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Along the gruesome road to self-discovery, Bright Lights offers some entertaining, episodic, danceable highlights.
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 19, 2003
This slice of New York yuppie angst is watchable, but forgettable.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
August 22, 2004
Even when the story lingers at times, the central character is played so strongly that you can still stay with the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
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June 24, 2006
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March 26, 2009
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