Nickelodeon (1976)

Before making this tribute to the brilliant, haphazard early days of Hollywood filmmaking, director/screenwriter Peter Bogdanovich interviewed several veteran filmmakers including John Ford, Raoul Walsh, Allan Dwan and Howard Hawks. Their… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: December 21, 1976
DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
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Variety Staff

Peter Bogdanovich's film is an okay comedy-drama about the early days of motion pictures.

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Richard Eder
New York Times

Peter Bogdanovich knows a great deal about movies, including how they are made. Perhaps he doesn't know why they are made. In any case, knowing how something is made isn't the same as making it.

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A clunker of a comedy from Bogdanovich that aims high and misses by a mile.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Bogdanovich is trying to do an interesting and commendable thing in dramatizing aesthetic passion; his failure is as noble as it is conspicuous.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

We're reminded that Orson Welles described a movie studio as the biggest electric train a kid could ever get. Bogdanovich doesn't let us play with his train. Instead, he keeps us on the outside of a curiously flat movie.

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Time Out

The direction is agonisingly pedantic for a comedy, and leaves O'Neal and Reynolds totally exposed, mugging away in charmless and clumsy fashion.

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TV Guide

As an homage to the start of the film industry, this extravaganza is quite a tribute, but as a motion picture it's sadly lacking.

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Aj V
I caught the ending of this movie on TV, I'd been wanting to see it for some time, and I liked it, but I really want to see the rest of the movie.