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Great Balls of Fire! (1989)

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Until its last ten minutes or so, this filmed biography of controversial recording star Jerry Lee Lewis plays like a live-action cartoon. As played by Dennis Quaid, "the killer" is a very mixed-up individual: a saintly sinner, a world-wise naf, a skilled performer with zero sense of discipline, a loving husband who uses his wife for a punching bag. The story takes place during the years 1956 through 1958, as Lewis rises to the top of the charts with such hits as "Crazy Arms," "A Whole Lotta

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Jun 4, 2002

Orion Pictures Corporation

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (9) | DVD (3)

Fire is a fascinating, often terribly compelling failure. Much like Lewis's life, I suppose.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Underrated Dennis Quad performance as rocker Jerry Lee Lewis.

March 19, 2009
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Quaid is surprisingly good and has plenty of fun in this musical biopic.

November 15, 2005
Movie Metropolis

Average biopic.

September 21, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Dennis Quaid actually manages to make Jerry Lee Lewis likeable.

June 17, 2005
7M Pictures

Vastly entertaining biopic.

April 8, 2005

Quaid nails it. Just nails it.

April 15, 2004
Needcoffee.com

Ryder and Quaid seem to be in two different movies, but Baldwin is brilliant.

June 26, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

An outrageous bio-pic with Quaid over the top as Jerry Lee Lewis

June 20, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Not a total success, but it does have a sense of style

January 12, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

Dennis Quaid is amazing, this could be the film of his career

September 17, 2002
Moviehole

Surely contains some quality components, but the movie as a whole may leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

July 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for Great Balls of Fire!

I loved this biography movie, and I don't usually like biopics that much. The actors are fantastic, and it's full of all the great songs from Lewis. I highly recommend this movie to both fans of the actors and Jerry Lee Lewis.
April 5, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

OK, but unlike biopics where the actor "tranforms" into the character (Coal Miner's Daughter, Ray), Dennis Quaid didn't BEGIN to convince me that he the "Killer" Jerry Lee Lewis. Yeah, he had the moves and the energy, but the passion for the music was fake. Quaid didn't 'feel" it like Jerry Lee. Oh and his central Lousiana accent sucked balls. And Quaid is from right down the road in Texas. He should know better.
July 6, 2009
webalina

Super Reviewer

Movie about the life of Jerry Lee Lewis from his rise to stardom and his downfall after marrying his 13 year old cousin. He wanted to be bigger than Elvis but his own arrogance and poor judgement stops him in his tracks. Great performances by Dennis Quaid and a young Winona Ryder.
February 14, 2009
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