75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
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.
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70

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
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.
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60

Village Voice

Given all this interesting raw material, it's mildly disappointing that the filmmakers tie it together with such cheesy connective tissue.
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
This is still a fascinating history, especially when Limelight touches on the club scene's dark side: A lengthy dissection of the Angel Melendez murder, complete with an appearance by weathered-looking killer Michael Alig, chillingly shows how the out-all-night lifestyle can take its toll.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Transporting as it is, this doc leaves a bad taste in your mouth, if just for the ill will it drudges up.
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50

Slant Magazine

Limelight focuses far too much on the club's downfall and not nearly enough on what attracted its denizens there in the first place, managing only to preach to the choir, forgetting to also take it to church.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
All outrageous stuff. Gatien's story is worth telling. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that director Billy Corben presents it in such a methodical fashion.
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50

Variety

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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50

Los Angeles Times

If all you know about Peter Gatien going in to Limelight is that he is a nightclub owner with legal issues, that's about all you'll know coming out.
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38

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Even if Corben hadn't photographed Gatien with lighting that makes him look like a horror-movie villain, he'd hardly come off as innocent.
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57 out of 100
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