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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The plot only slows a film that works best as a feast of sight and sound. show more

  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    One can admire it, but it's hard to get caught up in it. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The music and camera work are dazzling, and the story has solid sociological insights into a fascinating pop-culture period. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The movie is dramatically limp, running out of narrative steam long before the set decorator runs out of colours. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It wants to be a movie in search of a truth, but it's more like a movie in search of itself. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Examiner

    On the one hand, you want to praise it for its stylishness and originality in tackling some fascinating subject matter. On the other hand, it's frustrating because it could have been so much better. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Director Todd Haynes' (Safe) much-anticipated look at the "glam rock" scene of two decades ago, is like a jigsaw puzzle with half of the pieces missing. show more

  • 80
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    It's a shimmering, thorny, and consummately self-aware valentine to a paradise, however illusory, lost. show more

  • 60
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    Now the big question: Does this whole thing actually work? Some of the time. show more

  • 20

    On paper, fine; on celluloid, a Rocky Horror Show of nightmarish proportions. show more

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