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Mark Christopher wrote and directed this look back at the Disco Era when the popular Studio 54 was at its apogee in the late '70s. With obvious comparisons to Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights (1997) and Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco (1998), the story introduces working-class 19-year-old Irish-American Shane O'Shea (Ryan Phillippe), who has lived with his father and siblings since the death of his mother when he was 12. Shane quickly rises from busboy to bartender at Studio 54, co-owned and managed in a paternal manner by entrepreneur Steve Rubell (Mike Myers).… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A more critical and resonant Hollywood movie about the glorious disco culture screams to be made."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"It's a flat, clumsy piece of filmmaking."
‑ Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"...comes off like a high-budget cautionary tale, concerned that if it shows anything attractive about Studio 54, some young and innocent viewer might be corrupted..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Let me pause for a minute to think of a more boring subject for a movie ... Sorry. I give up."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"The writer seems helpless in finding a way to wrap up the story beyond the arrest of Rubell."
‑ , Film Threat
"Myers exploits every vicious, self-hating line that comes his way."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, Time Out
"Decadence has rarely looked so pathetic, lethargic and dispiriting as it does in this listless film."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A shapeless homage to the glory that was Studio 54 in its decadent heyday..."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Myers shining moment. Too bad nobody saw it."
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"A mish-mash of bad writing, poor acting (except Myers), amateur directing and mediocre production credits."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The triteness comes thick and fast."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The party never gets started."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Neither a great night out nor a great night in."
‑ , Film4
"Just as disappointing as Whit Stillman's Last Days of Disco, Marc Christopher's 54 suffers from a formulaic script that feels like a reworking of Saturday Night Fever and Boogie Nights, both superior and more entertaining pictures."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"... a wasted opportunity"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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