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Ray Pride
Newcity
July 28, 2015
The most affecting moments are shards of sexual behavior... that existed only on the samizdat VHS, the degraded quality suggesting ghostly remnants of film's scissoring [and] the long-dead behaviors on-screen, debauchery and gaucherie alike.
Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks
June 15, 2015
[The Director's Cut] is out and proud, not at all shying away from the sexual aggression of Phillippe's character as he calmly removes his clothes for any gender.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Oktay Ege Kozak
The Playlist
June 2, 2015
The director's cut still has a pacing that lags during the second act, and now that the film's about the love triangle, the scenes with Julie don't really add anything to the overall story. That being said, it deserves a second chance in its new life.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
March 14, 2012
...comes off like a high-budget cautionary tale, concerned that if it shows anything attractive about Studio 54, some young and innocent viewer might be corrupted...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Top Critic
Emanuel Levy
Variety
June 18, 2008
A more critical and resonant Hollywood movie about the glorious disco culture screams to be made.
June 18, 2008
A shapeless homage to the glory that was Studio 54 in its decadent heyday...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Film4
June 18, 2008
Neither a great night out nor a great night in.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
Let me pause for a minute to think of a more boring subject for a movie ... Sorry. I give up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 8, 2007
Myers shining moment. Too bad nobody saw it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Myers exploits every vicious, self-hating line that comes his way.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 18, 2005
Just as disappointing as Whit Stillman's Last Days of Disco, Marc Christopher's 54 suffers from a formulaic script that feels like a reworking of Saturday Night Fever and Boogie Nights, both superior and more entertaining pictures.
| Original Score: 2/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
The writer seems helpless in finding a way to wrap up the story beyond the arrest of Rubell.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
A mish-mash of bad writing, poor acting (except Myers), amateur directing and mediocre production credits.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 8, 2005
... a wasted opportunity
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
July 29, 2004
The 1970s were great times, but most viewers could hardly come to that conclusion based on this film.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 1, 2004
One can only hope "54" will hammer the final nail in disco's coffin. It's music that I don't want stayin' alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
March 16, 2004
54 is mediocre on almost all counts: acting (with a couple of exceptions), writing, direction and cinematography are uniformly bland, inoffensive and completely unmemorable.
| Original Score: 53/100
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 2, 2003
a nostalgic whitewash. With its sterling beat-heavy soundtrack and non-stop glitz, the movie captures the look and sound of its inspiration much more convincingly than it conjures up the Studio 54 atmosphere.
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Qualifies as one of the more entertaining bad movies of the year.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 14, 2003
I was hoping to be able to recommend 54 from a camp point of view, possibly the next Showgirls. But it's not. The fact is it's so uninvolving, it's not even interesting enough to be bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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