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Limelight Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

February 2, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

December 1, 2011
Clay Cane

An engaging story which includes corruption, murder, drugs, violence and the right to party.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

December 1, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 13, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

October 13, 2011
Cole Smithey

[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 Source: | Original Score: B+

September 23, 2011
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

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

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

September 23, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

September 23, 2011
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 22, 2011
Christopher Null

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

September 22, 2011
David Noh
Film Journal International

Darkly fascinating documentary reveals the high price to be paid for providing and having fun in a pre-Disneyfied Big Apple.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 22, 2011
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

September 22, 2011
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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A fascinating history, especially when Limelight touches on the club scene's dark side...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

September 21, 2011
Seth Colter Walls
Village Voice
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Limelight works better as an unofficial history of an Old New York than it does as the definitive portrait of Gatien.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 20, 2011
John Anderson
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 24, 2011
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

September 23, 2011
Mark Jenkins
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Limelight offers a few moderately enlightening interviews and a lot of candy-colored lights.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 23, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 23, 2011
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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[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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

September 23, 2011
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 18, 2011
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