88

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
One minute into Saturday Night Fever you know this picture is onto something, that it knows what it's talking about. [15 Oct 1999, Siskel Years, p.6]
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's also interesting to see how little screen time the final disco competition really has, considering how large it looms in our memories.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

Travolta molds what could have been an equally obvious character into a substantial, tragic figure.
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80

TV Guide

The story here is really secondary to character and milieu, as director John Badham and his actors create a convincing portrait of frustrated 1970s working-class youth and the escape offered by the swirling lights and pulsing rhythms of the disco.
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80

Chicago Reader

A small, solid film, made with craft if not resonance.
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70

The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
Fever beings to flag when, after an initial hour filled with high spirits and jubilant music, it settles down to tell its story; the effect is so deflating that it's almost as though another Monday has rolled around and it's time to get back to work. [16 Dec 1977]
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30

Variety

The clumsy story lurches forward through predictable travail and treacle, separated by phonograph records (or vice versa).
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77 out of 100
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