• Limelight
    2 minutes 5 seconds
    Added: Aug 23, 2011

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Limelight Reviews

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
John Anderson
Variety
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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
NPR
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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
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
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
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
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
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