Limelight Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 1, 2011
Couldn't be more sympathetic to the much maligned Gatien.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Clay Cane
BET.com
December 1, 2011
An engaging story which includes corruption, murder, drugs, violence and the right to party.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2011
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.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 13, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 23, 2011
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
September 23, 2011
Limelight joins an ever-growing movie and book library about the glory days of New York club life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 23, 2011
Transporting as it is, this doc leaves a bad taste in your mouth, if just for the ill will it drudges up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 22, 2011
As a trippy, trifling memorial to a time before its eponymous club was a mini-mall and rave culture a woozy memory, "Limelight" delivers the messed-up goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 22, 2011
lifts the entertaining veil of smoke and mirrors only to uncover an oligarchy turning the screws on an unknowing body politic
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 22, 2011
Darkly fascinating documentary reveals the high price to be paid for providing and having fun in a pre-Disneyfied Big Apple.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 22, 2011
As usual, Corben's style is caffeinated and a little rough around the edges, but he's a tenacious journalist, and his yen for sensationalism gives Limelight an irresistible tabloid pop.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 21, 2011
A fascinating history, especially when Limelight touches on the club scene's dark side...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Seth Colter Walls
Village Voice
September 20, 2011
Limelight works better as an unofficial history of an Old New York than it does as the definitive portrait of Gatien.
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John Anderson
Variety
September 24, 2011
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.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 23, 2011
Gatien's story is worth telling. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that director Billy Corben presents it in such a methodical fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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September 23, 2011
Limelight offers a few moderately enlightening interviews and a lot of candy-colored lights.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 23, 2011
Corben's schlockumentary tries -- and fails miserably -- to rehabilitate the reputation of Peter Gatien, the oft-described "nightclub king" of Manhattan in the waning years of the 20th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
September 23, 2011
[It's] an entertaining spin around Manhattan by night but we're left with unanswered questions about Gatien, the mastermind behind it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
September 18, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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