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Based on 11 Reviews
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  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Transporting as it is, this doc leaves a bad taste in your mouth, if just for the ill will it drudges up. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    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. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Cole The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 38
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    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. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    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. show more

  • 70
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    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. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

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

  • 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. show more

  • 50

    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. show more

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