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92 Ratings

Bright Lights, Big City

Directed by James Bridges
United States, 1988


A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife.

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Bright Lights, Big City Directed by James Bridges

Critics reviews

Just as in the would-be epiphany of the final scene, when the hero solemnly swaps his sunglasses with a trucker for a piece of bread, the reach for profundity and a sense of unexplored depths only makes the shallowness seem shallower. With the best will and effort available, the filmmakers can make their sow’s ear glitter with mirrors and bright lights, but it still won’t hold pocket change.
April 01, 1988
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