Prima Ballerina Reviews

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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
May 1, 2009
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 1, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 1, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
April 30, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 17, 2009
Ballerina is most memorable, not surprisingly, in capturing these women on the move, whether dancing in full costume on the Mariinsky stage or practicing endlessly in the theater's rehearsal rooms.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
March 27, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post
March 13, 2009
A jewel of a documentary.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 26, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
January 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
January 14, 2009
Watching these women perform is a striking lesson in ballet's rigorous aesthetic alchemy -- and the extreme, exquisite individualism that prevails.
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Anna King
Time Out
January 14, 2009
Ballerina has the feel of a propaganda puff piece put out by the Russian tourist board.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6