• R, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    James Bridges
    In Theaters:
    Apr 1, 1988 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 5, 2003
  • MGM Home Entertainment


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Bright Lights, Big City Reviews

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Don Willmott

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

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 18, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 1/4

April 1, 1988
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

February 8, 2004
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 1/5

February 18, 2007
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

June 15, 2005
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

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 Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1/4

November 9, 2008
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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).

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Weinberg

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

| Original Score: 3/5

July 27, 2002
Clint Morris

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

| Original Score: 3/5

September 18, 2002
Cole Smithey

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

| Original Score: 4/5

November 2, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

muddled but engaging

| Original Score: 3/5

September 19, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Along the gruesome road to self-discovery, Bright Lights offers some entertaining, episodic, danceable highlights.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Brian Mckay

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

| Original Score: 3/5

March 19, 2003
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

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

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 71/100

August 22, 2004
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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 Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

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Time Out
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