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Mayor of the Sunset Strip Reviews

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July 5, 2008
a great doc but sad as hell
| Original Score: 5/5
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
October 26, 2007
A film that critiques our obsession with celebrity while simultaneously exploiting it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Wisely switching from film to DV when the setting demands a more subtle camera situation, it's a mature documentary from a veteran of the form.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Collin Souter
January 15, 2006
By the end, I felt neither happy nor sad for Rodney. I enjoyed being in his presence for 90 minutes, but I can't exactly agree that he has a magnetic personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
Hickenlooper is admittedly not an obsessive rock 'n' roll fan, which is an advantage and a problem. He's able to see the subterranean L.A. demimonde through fresh eyes ...
Read More | Original Score: B+
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 3, 2004
If Hickenlooper's wistful documentary starts with a short subject, heavier concerns drum in the background.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 10, 2004
Has a commercial reach that goes beyond local hero worship thanks in part to an all-star lineup of interviewees, including Cher, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Gwen Stefani and Courtney Love, to name just a few confirmed Rod-heads.
Rob Blackwelder
July 23, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
July 20, 2004
...a nostalgic merry-go-round. It's quaint, charming, and often entrancing. You're riding the best horse on the ride. And the music couldn't be better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 4, 2004
Fans of rock music will likely be enthralled by the movie's look at various musical movements.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 25, 2004
Worth seeing because its odd, self-effacing subject is satisfying by reason of his very emptiness, and more than a little pathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 21, 2004
Captures Bingenheimer in all his celeb-fondling glory. But it's a forlorn sight, one the film doesn't turn away from as it arcs from giddy inclusion to lonely pathos.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Mohan
May 21, 2004
Bingenheimer seems to have outlived his usefulness. Yet, his life stands as a testament to the idea that an average-looking bloke with a can-do attitude and a dream in his heart can rub shoulders with the folks the rest of us only get to read about.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 20, 2004
By the time George Hickenlooper's Mayor of the Sunset Strip is over, you won't know whether to envy or pity the subject of this oddly compelling documentary.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 14, 2004
Fascinatingly probes society's obsession with celebrity through the lens of one semitragic figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
May 14, 2004
A fascinating and sometimes sad documentary about a curious little man and America's obsession with celebrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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May 6, 2004
Creepily entertaining.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 6, 2004
Mayor of the Sunset Strip, if you are interested in the celebrity scene, will make your jaw drop.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 2, 2004
Hickenlooper's portrait of Bingenheimer takes a rock footnote and finally gives him center stage
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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