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  • Summary: John Travolta stars as a local disco kingpin at the peak of his popularity. Once a week, after six full days of work in a Brooklyn paint store, Tony (Travolta) douses himself with Brut cologne, dons a floral bodyshirt, gabardine pants and platform shoes - and ritualistically prepares himself for "Saturday Night Fever." Through the influence of Stephanie - his more sophisticated dance partner - and Tony's brother - a disillusioned priest - Tony begins to question the way his views life and the narrowness of his perspective. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 88
    It's also interesting to see how little screen time the final disco competition really has, considering how large it looms in our memories.
  2. 88
    One minute into Saturday Night Fever you know this picture is onto something, that it knows what it's talking about. [15 Oct 1999, Siskel Years, p.6]
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    83
    Travolta molds what could have been an equally obvious character into a substantial, tragic figure.
  4. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    80
    A small, solid film, made with craft if not resonance.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Non Credited)
    80
    The story here is really secondary to character and milieu, as director John Badham and his actors create a convincing portrait of frustrated 1970s working-class youth and the escape offered by the swirling lights and pulsing rhythms of the disco.
  6. Fever beings to flag when, after an initial hour filled with high spirits and jubilant music, it settles down to tell its story; the effect is so deflating that it's almost as though another Monday has rolled around and it's time to get back to work. [16 Dec 1977]
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    30
    The clumsy story lurches forward through predictable travail and treacle, separated by phonograph records (or vice versa).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. EvanW.
    May 22, 2004
    10
    I always enjoy watching Saturday Night Fever. It's not my favourite film though, even if all my friends make out that it's more than a favourite to them than I can imagine. The film isn't at an obvious level worthy of being filmed, or for that matter capable of being seen as an art work. I may be one of a few individuals who think this movie is still good enough to watch during 2004, even though it probably seems to everybody concerned as if we are worth much more this time round. Expand
  2. Mar 19, 2013
    10
    I have got a little twisted in Saturday Night Fever, how you ask? John Travolta, Disco, 90's style, Disco and Disco. Tis film has all the elements a cult movie has. You will get so twindled in the plot that you don't want to stop watching. Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2013
    10
    Esta pelicula me gusto mucho, tuvo drama, romance y mucha musica."Saturday Night Fever" es un clasico del cine por su argumento, por su protagonista (John Travolta) y por su soundtrack, estos son los elementos que hace a la pelicula mas entretenida y fabulosa.Me gusto mucho la actuacion de John Travolta. Expand
  4. Oct 16, 2010
    9
    John Travolta is brilliant in this classic dancing movie. Although I prefer grease this movie also has a place in my memory for its slick acting and even slicker dance moves. Travolta is so smooth, the model of a man, he glides between full on masculinity and hip swerving disco genius. This movie cannot be taken simply as a dance movie though, it stretches much further than that. A superb storyline which has brilliant direction. It does the job if you want your Saturday Nights in anyway. Expand
  5. Aug 26, 2010
    7
    The movie may spend a bit too much time trying to stuff itself with substance, but it's the gilded outer fluff that really makes "Saturday Night Fever" worth watching. The opening and closing sequences are scenes that are certainly going to stick in your mind for a while after the credits roll. Expand
  6. Mar 4, 2011
    7
    It was a 10 in the 70's but now, not so much. It was the disco era and it almost couldn't miss. The dancing is very good but the story line is so-so. Coming of age and so on. Expand
  7. May 10, 2013
    1
    This is typical bad movie, everything about it is bad, the plot ridiculously vulgar, full of holes and end meaningless horribly stereotyped characters, the abuse of the same song for several times, the glamorization of the dance scenes has no limits provalmente this is the most pointless films already made​​. Expand

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