Bright Lights, Big City
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

An impressionable Kansas boy moves to New York to take a job at a major magazine. Before too long, he finds that he has succumbed to the evils of alcohol and drugs. His only real hope for redemption is with a female cousin of his drinking… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 5, 2003
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Bridges may not have breathed fire into this material, but he has preserved most of its better qualities. He has treated it with intelligence, respect and no undue reverence, assembling a coherent film that resists any hint of exploitation.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Along the gruesome road to self-discovery, Bright Lights offers some entertaining, episodic, danceable highlights.

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Cole Smithey

Pure '80s rock 'n' roll fun from start to finish.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

The movie is like a Porsche outfitted with a lawn mower engine; there's not even enough juice to get the machine out of the driveway.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Flyblown, devoid of pace and heat; it's such a mortician's slab that it's hard to even tell if the Fox performance is wasted on it, though I suspect it is.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

muddled but engaging

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Fox is very good in the central role (he has a long drunken monologue that is the best thing he has ever done in a movie).

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Don Willmott

truth be told, nothing much happens other than a series of increasingly mortifying benders

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Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

Even when the story lingers at times, the central character is played so strongly that you can still stay with the film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A fantastic cast, and a heavy drama, this is a good movie, it's very 80s, I really enjoyed it, and I highly recommend it..
Sarah Burton
I just adore Michael J. Fox.
Cassie Hill
A movie that will intrigue you and will pull you in and show you what its like to be a cocaine addict.
Haley Anderson
ashley hayes-beaty
This left much to be desired. I think Michael was miscast, but the plot and dialogue wasn't that great either. Some books should not be made into movies.