54 (1998)

Mark Christopher wrote and directed this look back at the Disco Era when the popular Studio 54 was at its apogee in the late '70s. With obvious comparisons to Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights (1997) and Whit Stillman's The… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 28, 1998
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 15% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Poor plot development and slow pacing keep 54 from capturing the energy of it's legendary namesake.

Emanuel Levy

A more critical and resonant Hollywood movie about the glorious disco culture screams to be made.

Charles Taylor

It's a flat, clumsy piece of filmmaking.

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Ray Pride

The most affecting moments are shards of sexual behavior... that existed only on the samizdat VHS, the degraded quality suggesting ghostly remnants of film's scissoring [and] the long-dead behaviors on-screen, debauchery and gaucherie alike.

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Charlotte O'Sullivan
Time Out

Myers exploits every vicious, self-hating line that comes his way.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Decadence has rarely looked so pathetic, lethargic and dispiriting as it does in this listless film.

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Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks

[The Director's Cut] is out and proud, not at all shying away from the sexual aggression of Phillippe's character as he calmly removes his clothes for any gender.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The triteness comes thick and fast.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

The party never gets started.

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Oktay Ege Kozak
The Playlist

The director's cut still has a pacing that lags during the second act, and now that the film's about the love triangle, the scenes with Julie don't really add anything to the overall story. That being said, it deserves a second chance in its new life.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It is hard to believe that they managed to make a movie about glamour and music (with a great soundtrack) into something so uninteresting and vapid - to the… More
Christian C
M'eh. Watch "Boogie Nights" for a real film about drugs, partying, hedonism and loss!
Alex roy
54 is a decent drama that boasts a good cast, but the biggest problem here is the fact that it tries to a broad movie in terms of storytelling, but it never… More
Kevin M. Williams
The decadence and debauchery of disco's palace comes off as only dull. Myers is good and Hayek --- she's always easy on the eyes.
jay nixon
Good music and an excellent Mike Myers performance are the highlights of this movie but neither Phillippe nor Campbell can act so the film has two empty spots… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Light soap opera story, Summer of Sam captured better the mood of the time. Mike Myers is surprisingly not that bad in this role, probably the only passable… More

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