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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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.
  2. Johnny Suede has an astonishingly consistent tone and a remarkably talented and cohesive cast. [21 Aug 1992]
  3. Reviewed by: Jeff Dawson
    80
    Offbeat, stylish and packed with some wonderfully bizarro moments.
  4. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    50
    Johnny Suede's stylish, dreamlike mood and abstract dialogue cannot compensate for its unsatisfying storyline and characters.
  5. 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. The story is too self-conscious about its offbeat qualities, becoming so cool that it practically freezes on the screen.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Snyder
    25
    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]

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