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Bright Lights, Big City
Michael J. Fox once more makes a courageous effort to shed his nice-guy image in Bright Lights, Big City. Fox plays an impressionable Kansan who comes to the Big Apple to take a job at a major magazine. It isn't long before he falls into the twin traps of drug and alcohol abuse. His only hope for redemption is in the hands of Vicky (Tracy Pollan), the cousin of his scuzzy drinking buddy Tad (Kiefer Sutherland). Jay McInerney's bestselling novel does not translate easily to the big screen, but Fox strives hard to please, as do all of his costars. The white stuff snorted by Fox… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Along the gruesome road to self-discovery, Bright Lights offers some entertaining, episodic, danceable highlights."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Pure '80s rock 'n' roll fun from start to finish."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"This slice of New York yuppie angst is watchable, but forgettable."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"There is no question that this is Fox's film, and the range of emotion he shows, the edginess that he brings to the role will doubtless surprise those who think of him strictly as Alex P. Keaton or Marty McFly."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"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."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"muddled but engaging"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Moves at a snails pace, but it's worthwhile sticking in for performances like this"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"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)."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"truth be told, nothing much happens other than a series of increasingly mortifying benders"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Even when the story lingers at times, the central character is played so strongly that you can still stay with the film."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Not unlike its cousin, "Less Than Zero," this one's slick, well-acted, surface-deep, and enjoyably disturbing."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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