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  • Summary: In 1960s Cleveland, Billy Magic (Bacon) is the coolest DJ in town and Karchy (Renfro), a young Hungarian immigrant trying to fit in, cheats to win a contest to be Billy's assistant.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Under the thoughtful direction of Guy Ferland - what emerges is solid and affecting.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    While the elements in this coming-of-age saga may seem familiar, Eszterhas brings a fresh, immigrant's-eye perspective to his tale.
  3. Director Guy Ferland, who has made one previous feature, handles this material smoothly and well, aided by the juke-box bright colors caught by cinematographer Reynaldo Villalobos. And Eszterhas, who has never shown much flair for comedy - except for the mother lode of unintentional laughs in "Showgirls" - puts humor into this story of surprising warmth and bite. [24 Oct 1997]
  4. It's your standard coming-of-age tune set to a top-40 beat. [24 Oct 1997]
  5. The cliches are all here.... Eszterhas works around these scripting difficulties deftly enough, but the real pleasure here is in watching Bacon and Renfro as idol and adorer.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Unswervingly sincere and dramatic without surprise or revelation, screenwriter Joe Eszterhas' longtime pet project may be personal, but it offers little to audiences that hasn't been served up in quantity in the past.
  7. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    Telling Lies in America may not be terrible. But it flickers inconclusively between ordinary and not-so-good. [24 Oct 1997]

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