Staying Alive
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Director Sylvester Stallone proves you really can't go home again in Staying Alive, the absurd sequel to Saturday Night Fever. The story finds Tony Manero (Travolta) six years later working as a waiter in a nightclub while he tries to realize his dreams of dancing on Broadway (what tough street kid from Brooklyn doesn't?) He eventually makes the cut as an extra for "Satan's Alley" (billed as "a musical trip through Hell") and immediately sets his sights on the show's snooty prima-donna star (Finola Hughes, decidedly unsuited for such dancing as her role… More

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"The bottom line is that Staying Alive is nowhere as good as its 1977 predecessor, Saturday Night Fever."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A sequel with no understanding of what made its predecessor work."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"If not quite one of the worst sequels ever made, it's near the top of the list of all-time most disappointing sequels. Writer-director Stallone stupidly attempts to turn Tony Manero into a dancing Rocky."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"So horrific are the musical sequences in this movie that you'll swear you were having nightmares directed by Satan himself."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"The words 'directed by Sylvester Stallone' say it all."
‑ Oz, Hollywood Bitchslap
"All could be forgiven if it weren't for the soulless overall slickness."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"Tracking Travolta's adventures as he gets to perform on Broadway and falls in and out of love, director Stallone is in his mindless mode when it comes to characterization."
‑ , Film4
"Was this sequel really necessary? Nope."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
‑ Leonard Klady, Movie City News
"This film constantly falls flat on its face."
‑ Ali Barclay,
"A slick, commercial cinematic jukebox, a series of self-contained song-and-dance sequences that could be cut apart and played forever on MTV -- which is probably what will happen."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It all amounts to an embarrassing show of unrestrained, Hollywood-style egomania."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Saturday Night Fever through the eyes of Stallone."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"More like staying dead...a monotonous and unnecessary sequel that has all the grace and flow of a greased hog on rollerskates"
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
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