Go Go Tales
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Indie stalwart Abel Ferrara helms this quirky comedy about the goings-on at a downtown cabaret. Willem Defoe stars as Ray Ruby, the proprietor of a joint where all of the dancing girls have big dreams of working their way up to bigger and better things. But trouble begins to brew when money suddenly comes between Ray and his two associates, played by Bob Hoskins and Matthew Modine. Asia Argento and Drea de Matteo also star.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A touching and tender valentine to a lost New York, a city that now exists only as a hallucination."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Ferrara is in a wonderfully loose and comedic mood."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"big-hearted, unabashedly cheesy and larger-than-life"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"Very reminiscent of John Cassavetes' The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, but not as focused."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Go Go Tales' sleazy energy, sense of community, black humor and bittersweet nostalgia are infectious."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"A highly personal movie, Go Go Tales finds Ferrara in a frenzied yet pensive mode."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Amazingly dunderheaded."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"In Ferrera's strip club, the owner sings a sad love song on stage."
‑ Victoria Alexander, FilmsInReview.com
"Probably the most lovingly photographed stripper movie of all time."
‑ Karina Longworth, SpoutBlog
"Welcome to the seedy demimonde of the club Paradise, where Ferrara probes the dreams of lives less ordinary, including his own."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"A typically lax late-period Ferrara work, far from the glories of King of New York."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"An alternately earthy and stylized cross of Robert Altman and Federico Fellini where the freaks trump the tramps as the main attraction."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"For a film about a strip club, it's surprisingly boring."
‑ Jamie Tipps, Film Threat
"A self-indulgent fleshfest that's not just about stripping and lap dancing but *is* stripping and lap dancing for nearly its entire 96 minutes, Abel Ferrara's Go Go Tales feels poles apart, so to speak, from an actual movie."
‑ Prairie Miller, Critical Women
"Wacky and good-humored, Go Go has a seductive visual appeal that Ferrara exploits to the fullest."
‑ Richard Mowe, Boxoffice Magazine
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