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Limelight (2011)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 5

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As the owner of legendary hotspots like Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium and Club USA, Peter Gatien was the king of the New York club scene until years of legal battles led to his eventual deportation to Canada. This exuberant documentary charts Gatien's rise and fall against the transformation of New York City, offering a wild ride through a now-closed chapter in the history of NYC nightlife. From the director of "Cocaine Cowboys." -- (C) Official Site

Unrated,

Documentary, Special Interest

Jan 24, 2012

$59.7k

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (7)

The movie was produced by Jen Gatien, its subject's daughter, so its agenda should be fairly obvious. But it's an engrossing story nonetheless.

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Depending on your age, Limelight could make you nostalgic for those bad old days - and sort of glad you'll never be able to relive them.

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Watching Limelight, about the rise and politically engineered fall of onetime Manhattan nightclub kingpin Peter Gatien, is like looking through a family album: If you're in the family, you might be interested.

September 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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Gatien's story is worth telling. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that director Billy Corben presents it in such a methodical fashion.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Limelight offers a few moderately enlightening interviews and a lot of candy-colored lights.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR
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Transporting as it is, this doc leaves a bad taste in your mouth, if just for the ill will it drudges up.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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This documentary film about the rise and fall of big nightclubs is a cautionary tale about the abuses of police power as well as a tale of two completely conflicting conservative political policies relating to the regulation of businesses.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Couldn't be more sympathetic to the much maligned Gatien.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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An engaging story which includes corruption, murder, drugs, violence and the right to party.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: BET.com
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[VIDEO] You can't relive the heady days and nights of Manhattan's club scene, but you can soak up some of the flavor. You'll also get a crash course in the city's muscle of political corruption that seems to increase with every passing year.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Limelight joins an ever-growing movie and book library about the glory days of New York club life.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

lifts the entertaining veil of smoke and mirrors only to uncover an oligarchy turning the screws on an unknowing body politic

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Darkly fascinating documentary reveals the high price to be paid for providing and having fun in a pre-Disneyfied Big Apple.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Limelight, like the club it's named after, doesn't do much to break the mold of sex-drugs-and-star****ers sameness afflicting this particular subgenre.

September 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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