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Prima Ballerina Reviews

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Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com

Behind-the-curtains has never been more ravishing nor more rewarding

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

June 16, 2009
Jennifer Merin
About.com

This rare, behind-the-scenes dance film, which is more a profile of dancers than of the dance, shows that Russia and its famed Kirow are still the world's core of ballet.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 27, 2009
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Dance aficionados will be sent over the moon by this compelling documentary from director Bertrand Norman, chronicling what it takes to be a prima ballerina in the Mariinski Theatre.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 1, 2009
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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As dazzling as they can be in performance, the ballerinas are even more breathtaking when a camera catches them alone in the shadows, dancing only for themselves.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 30, 2009
Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net

... in its simplistic, by-the-book delivery, Ballerina does give an inkling of the blood and sweat hidden underneath the ethereal beauty of classical dance.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

March 27, 2009
Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
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The movie is an admirable look into the venerable St. Petersburg company and how dancers thrive or just survive in the physically challenging world of dance.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 27, 2009
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook

It's too levelheaded, too aesthetically old-fashioned and academic.

Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 13, 2009
Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post
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A jewel of a documentary.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 13, 2009
Stan Hall
Oregonian

While the mysterious air of the ballerina is preserved, a chance to reveal the real people behind the iconic, ethereal image is squandered.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

March 13, 2009
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

...Ballerina looks behind the scenes ...to offer a closer look at the system of selection, training and rehearsal which keeps Russian ballet the envy of the world.

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 6/10

March 11, 2009
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Even those skeptical of ballet will likely be entranced.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

March 4, 2009
Maitland McDonagh
Miss FlickChick

Not as perceptive as Etoiles or as ... entertaining as Ballets Russes, [but] still a glimpse into a priviledged, ruthlessly demanding world few outsiders ever get to see.

Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick

March 2, 2009
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Such a brief glimpse into these women's lives and art whets the appetite for more; alas, Ballerina ends far too quickly, leaving only their willowy shadows behind.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 26, 2009
R. M. Campbell
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Anyone who knows about ballet will find much to recognize in the lives of these young women, but for those who do not, the film will be a revelation.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

February 26, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Mildly compelling and somewhat fascinating, but often tedious, incomplete and lacking enough insight about what it's truly like to be a ballerina.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5/10

January 30, 2009
Phil Hall
Film Threat

Ballet lovers will enjoy the footage of the young ballerinas taking command of their respective performances.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

January 17, 2009
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

That something so beautiful can exist in this modern world is, itself, a source of wonder.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

January 16, 2009
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Ballerina will be of interest mostly to balletomanes, but even folks who don't know their right foot from their left will find inspiration in the lives of these devoted dancers. Besides, who isn't moved by Swan Lake?

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 16, 2009
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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If only a glimpse, the privilege compensates: one wants more from Ballerina because the world it reveals -- elegant and harsh, glamorous and grinding, classical and obsolete -- proves so rich in exquisite contradictions.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 16, 2009
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A refreshing and illuminating portrait of five new stars in Russian ballet.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

January 16, 2009
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