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  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a career high mark for Bacon, whose flashy smirk and stifled grimaces flesh out a character both scary and pathetic in this intimate, nostalgic film that delves into the art of the hustle. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    A heartfelt sleeper from screenwriter Joe Eszterhas and director Guy Ferland. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I liked this movie a lot - not just for Bacon and Renfro, but also for the work of the wonderfully-named Calista Flockhart, as the girl who dates Karchy. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Director Guy Ferland, who has made one previous feature, handles this material smoothly and well, aided by the juke-box bright colors caught by cinematographer Reynaldo Villalobos. And Eszterhas, who has never shown much flair for comedy - except for the mother lode of unintentional laughs in "Showgirls" - puts humor into this story of surprising warmth and bite. [24 Oct 1997] show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    It's a surprisingly sweet underdog immigrant coming-of-age story set in 1961. [24 Oct 1997] show more

  • 63
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    The cliches are all here.... Eszterhas works around these scripting difficulties deftly enough, but the real pleasure here is in watching Bacon and Renfro as idol and adorer. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It's a sincere-yet-uninspired diversion, and not even two strong performances can elevate it to a higher level. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It's your standard coming-of-age tune set to a top-40 beat. [24 Oct 1997] show more

  • 60

    A carefully evoked and unhurried number that won't bring the house down, this nonetheless ends up being more absorbing than you'd think. show more

  • 67
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    With help from talented young director Ferland and a sublime performance from Kevin Bacon, Eszterhas has created a gentle and affecting ode to universal growing-up conflicts within a beautifully rendered evocation of a specific time and place. show more

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