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Mayor of the Sunset Strip Reviews

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.
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
May 6, 2004
Creepily entertaining.
April 30, 2004
Feels like an elegy for an aging rock pixie.
April 30, 2004
At first a wryly comic study of a real-life, shag-topped Zelig ... Hickenlooper's nuanced documentary shifts into far deeper and darker emotional territory once it starts revealing Bingenheimer's heart-wrenching backstory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 30, 2004
Occasionally laughable, often sad, and profoundly evocative of the way we live now, adrift in a culture saturated with celebrity and obsessed by fame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2004
Excellent (if sad) documentary profile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 30, 2004
Energetic, nostalgic, occasionally troubling.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2004
What gives this its weight and substance is that Mr. Hickenlooper came to see himself in the man whom Nancy Sinatra calls 'Peter Pan in the school of hard knocks.'
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
April 22, 2004
Power, control and fame are not the driving forces in [Bingenheimer's] life. He only wants to share the music he loves with as many people as possible.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2004
Hickenlooper sees the movie as a character study, and it's an amusing one. But music buffs, in particular, likely will wish he had spent less time documenting his subject's quirky personality and more exploring his professional acumen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2004
It's a funny-sad portrait of fame and its junkies, and of an era and its music.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 16, 2004
Entertaining though ultimately sad documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 16, 2004
A sometimes sad, sometimes heartening look at what happens when the ultra-hip age.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 16, 2004
A sad little movie about a sad little man whom time has passed by.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 16, 2004
It's the semi-blank slate of Bingenheimer's life that makes the movie worth seeing.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 16, 2004
This crazy-quilted exploration of the fog of fame deserves an aesthetic that approximates a night of extreme partying.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2004
While Hickenlooper never takes the cheap route of making Bingenheimer a figure of pity, he manages to capture the halo of sadness that hovers around the man.
April 9, 2004
Bouncy, informative and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2004
Would you rather be hugely rich or fabulously famous? Mayor of the Sunset Strip, a biography of radio disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer, is a chilling picture of what happens to those who make the second choice.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2004
Hickenlooper does a nice job blending Bingenheimer's flashy past with his somewhat pathetic present, creating a genuinely compelling study in diminishing returns.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2004
Hickenlooper is interested not just in chronicling the L.A. music scene, but in sympathetically presenting a man who has spent his life doing little but hanging out with celebrities.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 2, 2004
Long on glowing testimonials and short on storytelling oomph.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 2, 2004
Ultimately isn't so much about Rodney, or show business, as it is about the empty nature of fandom and celebrity itself.
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+
March 25, 2004
If this were a less aware film, Bingenheimer would be portrayed as someone who squandered his life in thrall to celebrity. But in fact, Mayor is careful to point out his quite real accomplishments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 25, 2004
Hickenlooper can't contain Bingenheimer's incredibly generous spirit -- so generous that, while obviously uncomfortable, he lets the director into his most private moments.
Top Critic
March 23, 2004
Engaging, if ultimately wearisome, documentary.
November 20, 2003
This wistful, soft-edged portrait of Rodney Bingenheimer, a social impresario of the Los Angeles rock scene, keeps its claws carefully retracted but still leaves a bitter aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5