Staying Alive Reviews

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 24, 2014
As always Travolta is urban gorgeous and very charming. The rest of the film is neither.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 24, 2014
[Sylvester Stallone] pours lots of energy but little intelligence into scads of short, sweaty scenes more suited to the rhythms of cable-TV ''rock video'' than to the wide screen.

People Magazine
July 24, 2014
It is a movie caught in a time warp: a slick MTV video that celebrates Eisenhower-era morality. For the Staying Alive audience, the problem is staying awake.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
July 24, 2014
Not quite a career low for John Travolta -- Two of a Kind was still to come -- but one he nevertheless would probably love to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Film4
February 25, 2009
Tracking Travolta's adventures as he gets to perform on Broadway and falls in and out of love, director Stallone is in his mindless mode when it comes to characterization.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 25, 2009
It all amounts to an embarrassing show of unrestrained, Hollywood-style egomania.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 24, 2008
The bottom line is that Staying Alive is nowhere as good as its 1977 predecessor, Saturday Night Fever.
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
October 25, 2007
If not quite one of the worst sequels ever made, it's near the top of the list of all-time most disappointing sequels. Writer-director Stallone stupidly attempts to turn Tony Manero into a dancing Rocky.
| Original Score: 2/10
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Steve Grant
Time Out
June 24, 2006
All could be forgiven if it weren't for the soulless overall slickness.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A slick, commercial cinematic jukebox, a series of self-contained song-and-dance sequences that could be cut apart and played forever on MTV -- which is probably what will happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Was this sequel really necessary? Nope.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
A sequel with no understanding of what made its predecessor work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
November 13, 2003
Saturday Night Fever through the eyes of Stallone.
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
August 16, 2003
So horrific are the musical sequences in this movie that you'll swear you were having nightmares directed by Satan himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 29/100
Leonard Klady
Movie City News
July 18, 2003
1.5
| Original Score: 1/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
May 27, 2003
More like staying dead...a monotonous and unnecessary sequel that has all the grace and flow of a greased hog on rollerskates
| Original Score: 2/5
Oz
Hollywood Bitchslap
March 25, 2003
The words 'directed by Sylvester Stallone' say it all.
| Original Score: 1/5
Ali Barclay
BBC.com
April 17, 2001
This film constantly falls flat on its face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 29, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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