Party Monster
The film received mainly negative reviews; it currently holds a 28% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes
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 based on 74 reviews (55 negative, 21 positive); the consensus states "The lurid display of camp soon turns tedious." It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival
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, however, and Chicago Sun-Times
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critic Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
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 gave the film three out of four stars, calling Culkin's performance "fearless", though he remarks that "the movie lacks insight and leaves us feeling sad and empty — sad for ourselves, not Alig — and maybe it had to be that way".

The film was only given a limited release
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Typical James, tired old drug addict. Can't even stay awake for your own movie!

I wanted to create my own world. A world full of color where everyone could play. One big party that never ends.

You'll love me. I promise.

We'll put James in a cage and hang a sign over it that says, "Do not feed the drug child!"

The road of excess leads to the palace of... fabulousness!

Oh please, party in the truck!

I won't do crack without heroin!

But it's my birthday and I want a bloodfeast!

That's not a crack hole, that's a rat hole. Rats on crack attack!

You're just some lame-ass, Johnny-come-lately, fairy, faggot, copycat! You don't even know your skrink from your skrod! You stupid logger blogger!