Bright Lights, Big City
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

Michael J. Fox once more makes a courageous effort to shed his nice-guy image in Bright Lights, Big City. Fox plays an impressionable Kansan who comes to the Big Apple to take a job at a major magazine. It isn't long before he falls… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 1, 1988
DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Bridges may not have breathed fire into this material, but he has preserved most of its better qualities. He has treated it with intelligence, respect and no undue reverence, assembling a coherent film that resists any hint of exploitation.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Along the gruesome road to self-discovery, Bright Lights offers some entertaining, episodic, danceable highlights.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Flyblown, devoid of pace and heat; it's such a mortician's slab that it's hard to even tell if the Fox performance is wasted on it, though I suspect it is.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

The movie is like a Porsche outfitted with a lawn mower engine; there's not even enough juice to get the machine out of the driveway.

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Kathi Maio

Bright Lights, Big City is no worse than most movies that present a selfindulgent, self-pitying WASP male view of the world.

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Don Willmott

truth be told, nothing much happens other than a series of increasingly mortifying benders

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Fox is very good in the central role (he has a long drunken monologue that is the best thing he has ever done in a movie).

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

Jamie may be less articulate and inspired than Holden Caulfield, but he seems as genuine a spokesman for his time.

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Cole Smithey

Pure '80s rock 'n' roll fun from start to finish.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A fantastic cast, and a heavy drama, this is a good movie, it's very 80s, I really enjoyed it, and I highly recommend it..
Sarah Burton
I just adore Michael J. Fox.
Cassie Hill
A movie that will intrigue you and will pull you in and show you what its like to be a cocaine addict.
Haley Anderson
ashley hayes-beaty
This left much to be desired. I think Michael was miscast, but the plot and dialogue wasn't that great either. Some books should not be made into movies.