Mayor of the Sunset Strip
Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2004)

Through the glitter and the grunge, from The Monkees to Coldplay, Rodney Bingenheimer--a.k.a. "Rodney on the ROQ"--has reigned over the Los Angeles music scene for over two decades. A constantly evolving fixture as rock fan,… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 26, 2004
DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A fascinating, poignant look at the cult of celebrity.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Has a commercial reach that goes beyond local hero worship thanks in part to an all-star lineup of interviewees, including Cher, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Gwen Stefani and Courtney Love, to name just a few confirmed Rod-heads.

Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Feels like an elegy for an aging rock pixie.

Stefan Birgir Stefansson

a great doc but sad as hell

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Captures Bingenheimer in all his celeb-fondling glory. But it's a forlorn sight, one the film doesn't turn away from as it arcs from giddy inclusion to lonely pathos.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

At first a wryly comic study of a real-life, shag-topped Zelig ... Hickenlooper's nuanced documentary shifts into far deeper and darker emotional territory once it starts revealing Bingenheimer's heart-wrenching backstory.

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Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

A film that critiques our obsession with celebrity while simultaneously exploiting it.

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David Edelstein

Creepily entertaining.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Occasionally laughable, often sad, and profoundly evocative of the way we live now, adrift in a culture saturated with celebrity and obsessed by fame.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Wisely switching from film to DV when the setting demands a more subtle camera situation, it's a mature documentary from a veteran of the form.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
what an odd duck of a doc. Following around this odd charactor who somehow managed to get in with the in crowd back in the 60's - full of so many flat… More
Audrey Lush
This is a haunting documentary about Rodney Biggenheimer's life on the fringe of some of the greatest musical artist's careers from the 60's up… More