Mayor of the Sunset Strip - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Mayor of the Sunset Strip Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
March 25, 2004
incomplete and exploitative
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 28, 2005
Wistful oddball documentary by George Hickenlooper.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 31, 2004
Gentle Bingenheimer, who retreats from being 'figured out,' is dubiously honored with unenlightened commentary by people hell-bent on doing so.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 2, 2004
Long on glowing testimonials and short on storytelling oomph.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
November 14, 2005
too much in awe of subject matter
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 15, 2003
Ostensibly about our fascination with fame, the film actually has very little to say about the subject that hasn't been covered a million times on VH1's "Behind the Music."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
April 21, 2004
Almost Famous
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 27, 2003
As amorphous and anonymous as its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 4, 2004
[The movie,] by exploiting its subject's celebrity contacts, runs counter to the unassuming way Bingenheimer cultivated those contacts over the years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Los Angeles Daily News
March 27, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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 ...
| Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 23, 2004
Evokes what the Japanese call mono no aware, which refers to the impermanence of life and the bittersweet transience of things.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 16, 2004
This crazy-quilted exploration of the fog of fame deserves an aesthetic that approximates a night of extreme partying.
| Original Score: 3/4
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 22, 2004
Throughout Mayor, there are devastating moments that suggest [Bingenheimer] is so incredibly devoted to music he has no other life.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 15, 2003
The film works best when Hickenlooper digs into Rodney's mystique... Where Hickenlooper struggles is in trying to get into the mind of the man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
April 6, 2004
The further we go down this road with Rodney though, the more we discover that his life, like the allure of celebrity, is mostly an illusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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-
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+
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