Great Balls of Fire!
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Great Balls of Fire!
Until its last ten minutes or so, this filmed biography of controversial recording star Jerry Lee Lewis plays like a live-action cartoon. As played by Dennis Quaid, "the killer" is a very mixed-up individual: a saintly sinner, a world-wise naf, a skilled performer with zero sense of discipline, a loving husband who uses his wife for a punching bag. The story takes place during the years 1956 through 1958, as Lewis rises to the top of the charts with such hits as "Crazy Arms," "A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," and the title tune. Along the way, he falls in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fire is a fascinating, often terribly compelling failure. Much like Lewis's life, I suppose."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Average biopic."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Quaid nails it. Just nails it."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Not a total success, but it does have a sense of style"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Underrated Dennis Quad performance as rocker Jerry Lee Lewis."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Dennis Quaid actually manages to make Jerry Lee Lewis likeable."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Ryder and Quaid seem to be in two different movies, but Baldwin is brilliant."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Dennis Quaid is amazing, this could be the film of his career"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Quaid is surprisingly good and has plenty of fun in this musical biopic."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Vastly entertaining biopic."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"An outrageous bio-pic with Quaid over the top as Jerry Lee Lewis"
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Surely contains some quality components, but the movie as a whole may leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
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