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Prima Ballerina Reviews

Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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May 1, 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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | 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
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 17, 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
Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post
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A jewel of a documentary.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 13, 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
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
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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Watching these women perform is a striking lesson in ballet's rigorous aesthetic alchemy -- and the extreme, exquisite individualism that prevails.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 14, 2009
Anna King
Time Out New York
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Ballerina has the feel of a propaganda puff piece put out by the Russian tourist board.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/6

January 14, 2009
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