Johnny Suede

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  • Summary: Johnny (Pitt), a struggling muscian who idolizes Ricky Nelson, has a change of luck when he finds a pair of black suede shoes.


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Johnny Suede has an astonishingly consistent tone and a remarkably talented and cohesive cast. [21 Aug 1992]
  2. 80
    One-time cameraman, DiCillo exploits pastel colors to advantage in order to flesh out Johnny's fantasy world. Brad Pitt, fresh from stealing scenes in Thelma & Louise, gives Johnny the right kind of innocent appeal, and the rest of the cast surround him with loving care.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeff Dawson
    Offbeat, stylish and packed with some wonderfully bizarro moments.
  4. 50
    Johnny Suede's stylish, dreamlike mood and abstract dialogue cannot compensate for its unsatisfying storyline and characters.
  5. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: William Arnold
    Johnny Suede seems in every way a pale imitation that is so vacuous and self-consciously hip that it just fades into nothingness. [13 Nov 1992]
  6. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Michael Snyder
    None of it works, except for some moody cinematography, the on-screen charisma of lead actor Brad Pitt, moussed to the max as Johnny Suede, and the sheer likability of a few of his co-stars. [05 Feb 1993]
  7. The story is too self-conscious about its offbeat qualities, becoming so cool that it practically freezes on the screen.

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