The Red Shoes Reviews

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George Campbell Dixon
Daily Telegraph
March 9, 2015
These faults, if faults they be, may well be outweighed by the beauty of the ballet sequences and music, by the skill with which Mr Powell always uses colour, and by Miss Shearer's endearing charm.
Frances Morgan
Electric Sheep
March 9, 2015
To isolate any one element of The Red Shoes is to miss its unique ability to convey a kind of total effect similar to that brought about by dream, or music, or memory.
Stephen Dalton
Times [UK]
March 9, 2015
Incorporating echoes of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale that gives the film its name, Powell and Pressburger include visionary flashes of surrealism and magic realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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TIME Magazine
March 9, 2015
A lingering, calf-eyed look at backstage ballet's little world of overworked egos and underdone glands.
MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
March 9, 2015
Moira Shearer has a fragile loveliness and a freshness wholly lacking in almost all the stars of today -- she gives a most appealing performance.
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
April 23, 2013
It's marvelously acted, superbly written, and features outstanding choreography , unforgettable characters and hauntingly beautiful cinematography. It's a cinematic treat for movie lovers! Bon appetit!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Simon Miraudo
August 20, 2012
There are no words. As a film critic, I can't really get away with that too often. This feels like a worthy deployment.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
July 11, 2012
The milieu of the ballet company - the camaraderie infused both humorously and agonizingly with individualistic obsessions for excellence - strikes a chord of authenticity even though it is struck on a very mannered instrument
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
David Nusair
July 11, 2011
...a periodically spellbinding yet grossly overlong endeavor that could've used a few more passes through the editing bay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
June 4, 2011
Deeper the layers go, forever. Pure cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 23, 2010
The Red Shoes was shot in three-strip Technicolor, a process that's no longer used because of expense and technical complexity, but one that yielded some of the most spectacular images in cinema history.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 23, 2010
gloriously original and provocative--a truly groundbreaking fusion of reality and fantasy that helped pave the way for future musicals
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
July 20, 2010
... a film of dark fantasy, romantic passion and an infectious love of dance, music and cinema.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 19, 2010
A sublime melodrama...[with a] still astonishing expressionistic dance sequence. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Larsen
July 18, 2010
...watching the movie you still get the feeling that Technicolor was invented for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
May 20, 2010
A movie so visceral and sparkling that no less a tough guy than Martin Scorsese ranks it among his favorite pictures of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Melissa Anderson
L.A. Weekly
May 13, 2010
The greatest film about ballet ever made.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 13, 2010
The film reminds us of where great cinema comes from
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 13, 2010
The timeless appeal of a beautiful ballerina torn between ambition and love makes engrossing viewing in this meticulously remastered 1948 classic
Top Critic
March 2, 2010
The shoes have never been redder. The color of passion that drenches the Technicolor world of The Red Shoes has been restored to its original luster.
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