• PG, 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Herbert Ross
    In Theaters:
    Nov 14, 1977 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 25, 2005
  • Paramount Pictures

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The Turning Point Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A well-made soap opera with a story that right out of a 1930s backstage musical.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

January 30, 2012
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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You yield to The Turning Point relucantly, knowing well that it is conning you -- with sentiment, with flamboyance, with sheer slickness.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 30, 2012
Variety Staff
Variety
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The Turning Point is one of the best films of its era.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 22, 2008

Time Out
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There's some beautiful dancing and a wealth of detail about the world of classical ballet.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

moving drama

| Original Score: 3/5

June 29, 2005
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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The Turning Point is entertaining, not for discovering new material, but for treating old material with style and romantic feeling that, in this day and age, seem remarkably unafraid.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 9, 2005
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

| Original Score: 4/5

April 8, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

January 2, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

MacLaine and Bancroft are electric to watch.

| Original Score: 5/5

October 14, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A wonderful film about the friendship between two women and about the marvels of ballet.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

January 23, 2004
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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For a film ostensibly dedicated to physical grace, Ross's images are unforgivably clumsy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 30, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

What stands out are the ballet performances.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

September 10, 2010
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Though made in 1977, this strained effort tries to combine a 1940s woman's picture with backstage melodrama set in the modern ballet world.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C

December 22, 2007
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 2/5

March 9, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com

A glorified made-for-Lifetime-cable movie.

Full Review Source: FulvueDrive-in.com | Original Score: C

February 18, 2006
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

It deserved all the Oscars it won: none.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 1, 2004
Oz
eFilmCritic.com

Unwatchable for anyone who isn't a mad ballet fan.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

February 16, 2004

Film4

Its sophistications are superficial, to say the least, but it wowed the Academy in 1977.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
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