General Information

Glossary: B
Released Year: 1988
Runtime: 107 minutes
Genre: Drama
Directors: James Bridges
Writers: Jay McInerney
Casts: Kelly Lynch, Sam Robards, Alec Mapa, Frances Sternhagen, Kiefer Sutherland, John Houseman, Swoosie Kurtz, Dianne Wiest, William Hickey, Maria Pitillo, David Hyde Pierce, Annabelle Gurwitch, Susan Traylor, Michael J. Fox, Jason Robards, Phoebe Cates, Jessica Lundy, Peter Boyden, Tracy Pollan, David Warrilow, Gina Belafonte, Bernard Zette, Marika Blossfeldt, Russell Horton
IMDB: Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

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IMDB Rating: 5.7


Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
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). To his credit, he never seems to be having fun as he journeys through club land. Few do, for long. If you know someone like Jamie, take him to this movie, and don't let him go to the john.
The New York Times - Janet Maslin
It may not capture Mr. McInerney's novel completely or even succeed in standing on its own, but it does go a long way toward bringing the book to life. If Mr. McInerney's readers think it incomplete, they should also find it enjoyably familiar.
Empire - William Thomas
An insipid '80s nostalgia piece really, held together by Fox's performance and several neat turns from his support.
Chicago Reader - Jonathan Rosenbaum
A hollow view of hollowness with a very polished surface.
The A.V. Club - Nathan Rabin
Too bad he's caught in a movie that all too accurately captures the tenor of its time with its slick, superficial, coked-up, money-drunk emptiness.

Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

A young kid from Kansas moves to New York to work on a magazine. He gets caught up in the world of drink and drugs, and starts a steady decline. The only hope is the cousin of one of his drinking partners, can she pull him through it ?