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Limelight Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2011
The movie was produced by Jen Gatien, its subject's daughter, so its agenda should be fairly obvious. But it's an engrossing story nonetheless.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 13, 2011
Depending on your age, Limelight could make you nostalgic for those bad old days - and sort of glad you'll never be able to relive them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Variety
September 24, 2011
Watching Limelight, about the rise and politically engineered fall of onetime Manhattan nightclub kingpin Peter Gatien, is like looking through a family album: If you're in the family, you might be interested.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 23, 2011
Gatien's story is worth telling. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that director Billy Corben presents it in such a methodical fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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September 23, 2011
Limelight offers a few moderately enlightening interviews and a lot of candy-colored lights.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 23, 2011
Transporting as it is, this doc leaves a bad taste in your mouth, if just for the ill will it drudges up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 23, 2011
Corben's schlockumentary tries -- and fails miserably -- to rehabilitate the reputation of Peter Gatien, the oft-described "nightclub king" of Manhattan in the waning years of the 20th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
September 23, 2011
[It's] an entertaining spin around Manhattan by night but we're left with unanswered questions about Gatien, the mastermind behind it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 22, 2011
As a trippy, trifling memorial to a time before its eponymous club was a mini-mall and rave culture a woozy memory, "Limelight" delivers the messed-up goods.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 22, 2011
As usual, Corben's style is caffeinated and a little rough around the edges, but he's a tenacious journalist, and his yen for sensationalism gives Limelight an irresistible tabloid pop.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 21, 2011
A fascinating history, especially when Limelight touches on the club scene's dark side...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Seth Colter Walls
Village Voice
September 20, 2011
Limelight works better as an unofficial history of an Old New York than it does as the definitive portrait of Gatien.