Limelight (2011)

As the owner of legendary hotspots like Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium and Club USA, Peter Gatien was the king of the New York club scene until years of legal battles led to his eventual deportation to Canada. This exuberant documentary… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 23, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The movie was produced by Jen Gatien, its subject's daughter, so its agenda should be fairly obvious. But it's an engrossing story nonetheless.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Gatien's story is worth telling. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that director Billy Corben presents it in such a methodical fashion.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This documentary film about the rise and fall of big nightclubs is a cautionary tale about the abuses of police power as well as a tale of two completely conflicting conservative political policies relating to the regulation of businesses.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Depending on your age, Limelight could make you nostalgic for those bad old days - and sort of glad you'll never be able to relive them.

Mark Jenkins

Limelight offers a few moderately enlightening interviews and a lot of candy-colored lights.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Couldn't be more sympathetic to the much maligned Gatien.

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John Anderson

Watching Limelight, about the rise and politically engineered fall of onetime Manhattan nightclub kingpin Peter Gatien, is like looking through a family album: If you're in the family, you might be interested.

Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Transporting as it is, this doc leaves a bad taste in your mouth, if just for the ill will it drudges up.

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Clay Cane

An engaging story which includes corruption, murder, drugs, violence and the right to party.

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