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After profiling Monica Lewinsky, Billy Haynes, and Tammy Faye Bakker, documentarians Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato make their feature debut with this true-life tale of the rapid climb and lurid demise of a flamboyant young club promoter in late-'80s/early-'90s Manhattan. Based on James St. James' nonfiction account Disco Bloodbath as well as on the writer/directors' own 1998 documentary, Party Monster features former child star Macaulay Culkin as Michael Alig, a Midwestern teen determined to forget his past amidst the bright lights and throbbing house music of New York… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's the drunk-guy- at-the-party syndrome: The only one truly entertained by the clown with the lamp shade on his head is the clown with the lamp shade on his head -- or folks similarly inebriated."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"In the end, for all the vibrancy, there's not much there there. Maybe that's the point, but I doubt it."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Rule No. 1: If you use black humor in a film about real-life characters and events, make sure you have a feel for it first."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Never has the Manhattan club scene ever looked so tedious; this film makes a powerful argument for staying home and renting a movie."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The look, like Culkin's self-consciously manic performance, is all surface -- which may be the point of profiling these empty lives, but not enough reason to make us watch."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A mess."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"You haven't seen this many outrageous costumes since the Halloween parade on Cedar Springs."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Culkin se esforça, mas não convence como o bissexual Michael Alig. Em contrapartida, Seth Green rouba o filme com sua ótima performance."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Perhaps Party Monster's limited distribution will keep this clunker from interrupting Seth Green's rise to the top of the Hollywood food chain."
‑ Todd Gilchrist,
"Fact-based story of drugs and death in "clubland" is boring and banal, failing in its attempt to shock and scandalize."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"We begin the film not knowing what brought Michael and James together. We end, after a too-long 98 minutes, precisely the same way."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"There are many ways of depicting an innocent's descent into hell, but the camp approach is surely the least advisable."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"So awful, it's almost good."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Memo to Macaulay Culkin: When your latest cinematic 'comeback' attempt is a film like Party Monster, maybe remaining in career limbo wasn't such a bad idea."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
""... equal parts freakish fashion show and tawdry melodrama of the rise and fall of a superficial celebrity.""
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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