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Party Monster Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 12, 2003
It's the drunk-guy- at-the-party syndrome: The only one truly entertained by the clown with the lamp shade on his head is the clown with the lamp shade on his head -- or folks similarly inebriated.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 5, 2003
A mess.
| Original Score: C-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 14, 2003
We begin the film not knowing what brought Michael and James together. We end, after a too-long 98 minutes, precisely the same way.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 7, 2003
In the end, for all the vibrancy, there's not much there there. Maybe that's the point, but I doubt it.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 6, 2003
You haven't seen this many outrageous costumes since the Halloween parade on Cedar Springs.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 24, 2003
There are many ways of depicting an innocent's descent into hell, but the camp approach is surely the least advisable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 24, 2003
Gracelessly executed, it throws out mock documentary, fantasy sequences and rapid montages, but still drags on woefully, and looks like it was soaked in dirty water.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 10, 2003
As wasteful an example of indie-picture indulgence and incompetence as you're likely to find.
| Original Score: D-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 10, 2003
There is nothing remotely affecting about Party Monster.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 3, 2003
Never goes deeper than what you might get out of Dr. Phil on a bad day.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 3, 2003
The wanton fabulistas of Party Monster are as boring and insignificant as the very 'normals and drearies' they so contemptuously deride.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 19, 2003
It takes some doing to make a potentially epic cultural moment seem smaller than life, but Bailey and Barbato have pulled it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 18, 2003
This film feels fake, forced and indigestible.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 8, 2003
[I] found the camera work to be very murky, the direction to be confused, the music go in the way of it instead of actually augmenting it.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
September 6, 2003
If I hadn't had a professional obligation to stay until the end, I'd have disappeared faster than the coke that's snorted up Alig's nose.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 5, 2003
Both pointless and grotesque, it accomplishes nothing but the impossible: It makes the charismatic look merely tiresome, and dangerous decadence look deadly dull.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 5, 2003
Culkin may be 24, but he still seems in the throes of the sort of awkward adolescence that dooms so many child stars.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 5, 2003
Alig is played by Macaulay Culkin, in his first movie since Richie Rich (1994), and it is a fearless performance as a person so shallow, narcissistic and amoral that eventually even his friends simply stare at him in disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 5, 2003
[Culkin's] performance in Party Monster is so embarrassing one doesn't know where to look. (Well, perhaps at the exit.)
| Original Score: 1/4
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Entertainment Weekly
September 5, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 4, 2003
A bold and engrossing drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 4, 2003
[Culkin and Green's] assortment of vocal tics, nervous laughs and over-the-top 'nancy-ness' often are very funny and appropriately giddy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
September 4, 2003
Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (who also directed the marginally better 1998 documentary of the same name, on the same subject) are too enamored of the tawdry tale to actually say anything with or about it.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
September 4, 2003
In the end you don't believe what you're watching, and you don't care.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
September 2, 2003
The film is ultimately more a C.A.K.E. partyer's failed fetish object than a keg partyer's new Sid and Nancy.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 29, 2003
The actions of the glammy main characters become boorish and tedious long before the party's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 6, 2003
A colorful, lurid and ultimately so-what look at some rather obnoxious personalities careening down their little road to ruin.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 30, 2003
Most will be turned off by the filmmakers' fatal attraction to the very excesses over which they supposedly are shaking their heads.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 10, 2002
[A] muddled, sometimes touching movie.
| Original Score: 2/5