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54

54 (1998)

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13

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 63
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 55

Poor plot development and slow pacing keep 54 from capturing the energy of it's legendary namesake.

7

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 14

Poor plot development and slow pacing keep 54 from capturing the energy of it's legendary namesake.

audience

45

liked it
Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 31,032

My Rating

Movie Info

Mark Christopher wrote and directed this look back at the Disco Era when the popular Studio 54 was at its apogee in the late '70s. With obvious comparisons to Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights (1997) and Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco (1998), the story introduces working-class 19-year-old Irish-American Shane O'Shea (Ryan Phillippe), who has lived with his father and siblings since the death of his mother when he was 12. Shane quickly rises from busboy to bartender at Studio 54,

R,

Drama

Mark Christopher

Apr 3, 2001

Miramax Films

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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (55) | DVD (6)

A more critical and resonant Hollywood movie about the glorious disco culture screams to be made.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Myers exploits every vicious, self-hating line that comes his way.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The triteness comes thick and fast.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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It's a flat, clumsy piece of filmmaking.

December 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Decadence has rarely looked so pathetic, lethargic and dispiriting as it does in this listless film.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The party never gets started.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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...comes off like a high-budget cautionary tale, concerned that if it shows anything attractive about Studio 54, some young and innocent viewer might be corrupted...

March 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

A shapeless homage to the glory that was Studio 54 in its decadent heyday...

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Neither a great night out nor a great night in.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Let me pause for a minute to think of a more boring subject for a movie ... Sorry. I give up.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Myers shining moment. Too bad nobody saw it.

June 8, 2007

Just as disappointing as Whit Stillman's Last Days of Disco, Marc Christopher's 54 suffers from a formulaic script that feels like a reworking of Saturday Night Fever and Boogie Nights, both superior and more entertaining pictures.

December 18, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

The writer seems helpless in finding a way to wrap up the story beyond the arrest of Rubell.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A mish-mash of bad writing, poor acting (except Myers), amateur directing and mediocre production credits.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

... a wasted opportunity

January 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The 1970s were great times, but most viewers could hardly come to that conclusion based on this film.

July 29, 2004 Full Review
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One can only hope "54" will hammer the final nail in disco's coffin. It's music that I don't want stayin' alive.

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

54 is mediocre on almost all counts: acting (with a couple of exceptions), writing, direction and cinematography are uniformly bland, inoffensive and completely unmemorable.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

a nostalgic whitewash. With its sterling beat-heavy soundtrack and non-stop glitz, the movie captures the look and sound of its inspiration much more convincingly than it conjures up the Studio 54 atmosphere.

July 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Qualifies as one of the more entertaining bad movies of the year.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

I was hoping to be able to recommend 54 from a camp point of view, possibly the next Showgirls. But it's not. The fact is it's so uninvolving, it's not even interesting enough to be bad.

April 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Every conversation seems punctuated with awkward silences and dull stares.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

The film is entertaining, and it's worth seeing if only for Mike Myers' amazing performance.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

A sanitized Boogie Nights.

August 16, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for 54

54 is a decent drama that boasts a good cast, but the biggest problem here is the fact that it tries to a broad movie in terms of storytelling, but it never gets quite there. Some of the cast were good, especially Mike Myers who is the film's strongest asset. 54 gives us a glimpse of the lifestyle and excess of the famed nightclub. This film is limited by a so-so script, one that is clearly underdeveloped. However I found the film somewhat entertaining, but it could clearly have been much better as well. The cast do what they can with the material and they manage to make it work for the most part. This is almost a forgotten film as no one seems to remember the film. The film is not great, but it manages to be interesting and it could have been much better as well. This is worth seeing if you have nothing else better to watch. Myers is good here and like I said, he is the film's best aspect here. The film is a decent drama that should have been much better, and it could have been much better if the script could have been so much better if the script would have been better written. Decent for what it is, 54 is mindless dramatic mindless drama that gives you a hint of what it was like to party in the famed night club. This is a film that scratches the surface, but like I said, should have and could have been much more as well. When the credits you do end up feeling like the film should have been more and you do realize that when the credits start to roll.
August 23, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Good music and an excellent Mike Myers performance are the highlights of this movie but neither Phillippe nor Campbell can act so the film has two empty spots at its center.
December 29, 2012
jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The decadence and debauchery of disco's palace comes off as only dull. Myers is good and Hayek --- she's always easy on the eyes.
June 12, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Light soap opera story, Summer of Sam captured better the mood of the time. Mike Myers is surprisingly not that bad in this role, probably the only passable performance the man has ever done. Also, somebody has any idea of why Hayek has a career in hollywood? She can't act and just because she has big fake boobs.....oh wait, nevermind.
November 28, 2008
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Tsubaki Sanjuro

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