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Based on 29 Reviews
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  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Feels fake, forced and indigestible. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Most moviegoers will have trouble looking past Culkin the actor, who does a decent job of sending up youthful fame in a movie that's barely worth the effort. show more

  • 20
    Wall Street Journal

    The distance between tawdry and tedious can be amazingly short. It is traveled with Concorde speed in the arch Party Monster. show more

  • 25
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Macaulay Culkin still can't act, and it's no longer cute. His performance in Party Monster is so embarrassing one doesn't know where to look. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Culkin plays Alig as clueless to the end, living so firmly in his fantasy world that nothing can penetrate his chirpy persona. Whether this is accurate--whether indeed any of the facts in the film are accurate--is not for me to say, but it works. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The plot is sordid and predictable -- indiscriminate nightclubbing leads to escalating drugs, promiscuity, and violence. Things perk up cinematically in the last few scenes, but by then it's almost too late. show more

  • 50
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Better than I expected but still not entirely convincing. As a cautionary tale for demimonde-sters, though, it has its useful points--never argue about money while you're in a K-hole, that sort of thing. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Alig's superficiality seems to have been his only talent. His banality is a problem that the film can't overcome. show more

  • 38
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    In the end you don't believe what you're watching, and you don't care. This party is a drag. show more

  • 38
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Devotes most of its energy to its costumes and makeup, which are fabulous. But that and a tabloid-worthy star just aren't enough to revisit this sordid tale as a kind of twisted comedy. show more

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