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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Gatien's story is worth telling. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that director Billy Corben presents it in such a methodical fashion.
| Original Score: 2/4
Limelight offers a few moderately enlightening interviews and a lot of candy-colored lights.
Transporting as it is, this doc leaves a bad taste in your mouth, if just for the ill will it drudges up.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
[It's] an entertaining spin around Manhattan by night but we're left with unanswered questions about Gatien, the mastermind behind it all.
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.
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.
| Original Score: B
A fascinating history, especially when Limelight touches on the club scene's dark side...
Limelight works better as an unofficial history of an Old New York than it does as the definitive portrait of Gatien.