Saturday Night Fever
Saturday Night Fever (1977)

John Travolta graduated from minor celebrity to superstar with Saturday Night Fever. Travolta plays Tony Manero, a Brooklyn paint-store clerk who'd give anything to break out of his dead-end existence. In life, Tony is a peasant; on the… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 10, 2002
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Boasting a smart, poignant story, a classic soundtrack, and a starmaking performance from John Travolta, Saturday Night Fever ranks among the finest dramas of the 1970s.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A small, solid film, made with craft if not resonance.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Travolta is deft and vibrant, and he never condescends to the character, not even in a scene that has Tony and Stephanie arguing about whose Romeo and Juliet it is, Zeffirelli's or Shakespeare's.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Disco drama is not just daaancin' yeah!

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A.D. Murphy

Travolta's characterization, given the script and directorial demands, is okay. It will please the already-committed; but it won't win him any new fans.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There's a lot in the movie that's sad and painful, but after a few years what you remember is John Travolta on the dance floor in that classic white disco suit, and the Bee Gees on the soundtrack.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Saturday Night Fever's heart is actually in the right place. It's ears, though? That's another story.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

In the end, the real killer is the movie's abject sincerity.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a remarkable drama...

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Today, it's like a kind of '70s jukebox that hasn't quite aged that well.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
I was shocked. This film was way better than I expected. I was tempted to fast-forward the many dance sequences, but around them, John Travolta builds an… More
Tim Salmons
Like most people, I derided this film without actually having seen it. Most people assume it to be nothing more than a soundtrack vehicle. Fortunately,… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Silly but, for some strange reason, charming.
AJ Verser
A fantastic drama and disco music dance movie. It's very unique movie, and I loved it.
Chris Weber
First off, a disclaimer: no, I had never actually seen this before (but still had preconceived notions about it), and I don't really care for the disco… More
Richard C