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Boogie Woogie (2009)

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20

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 1,039

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This jet-black comedy of manners observes the doings and intersections of many despicable characters, including egomaniacal, self-serving artists, soulless agents, and nasty sexual predators. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Drama, Comedy

Sep 14, 2010

IFC Films

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (14) | DVD (2)

[The film's characters] are so repellent that almost everyone outside the movie's fetid hothouse will want to flee to fresher air.

April 23, 2010
New York Times
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Goes over the top now and then, but overall it's a lot of nasty fun.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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A tepid spoof that only occasionally evokes a reluctant smile.

April 21, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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A travesty no matter how you look at it, this flaccid art-world farce is best approached as a landmark of dubious ensemble work.

April 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Director Duncan Ward tries way too hard to nail a way too easy target in his sub-Altman ensemble spoof of the overpriced, overhyped, overly pretentious modern-art scene.

April 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Devilishly cynical eavesdropper art snob fare peering into the pretentious when not cruel machinations transpiring in the world of creative merchandise commerce.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Less the free-form, jazzy ensemble satire on the art world it aspires to be than an over-elaborate and under-funny undertaking by high quality actors who should know better.

May 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

The film cannot sustain the giddy, fast pace that sets it off.

May 9, 2010 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

More of a paper cut, but one that's sufficiently nasty in a minor key, landing a few body blows where it matters the most, while successfully detailing the betrayal and schmoozing it takes to get to the top.

April 28, 2010 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Faux Altman sexual wallow in which a lot of fine actors are wasted on pretentious mumbo jumbo.

April 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Back Stage
Back Stage

The art-world satire Boogie Woogie is a monumental piece of squandered potential, arch but not witty, mean without being perceptive, its most outrageous shocks little more than static sparks.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

May be the most well connected comedy in years-although many of the artists featured will probably experience remorse after watching the haphazard results.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

This deliciously perverse, splashy, lively collage of the high-end contemporary London art scene provides a guilty pleasure to students of sex, greed and manipulation. Aesthetics is beside the point.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Overstuffed and occasionally meandering while boasting a terrific ensemble cast and a radiant, brave performance by Gillian Anderson. It's an unflinchingly honest, provocative potpourri of the harsh realities of the art world.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

The cast of superficial backstabbers, casual philanderers, and gibberish-spouting phonies has no original characters, but at least a few of the actors attack their roles with a zest that offsets their two-dimensionality.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The plodding direction, pedestrian cinematography and second-rate script prevent a good cast doing more than help the story along.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

There's a terrific idea in this film, and an astounding cast, but author Moynihan seems determined to get every tiny thread of his novel into this script, leaving the movie overcrowded and fragmented.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

An all-star cast flails about to no discernible purpose in Duncan Ward's Altman-esque satire, a flaccid take on the London art scene that doesn't appear to have benefited from having Damien Hirst as consultant.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Neither a wholly realized satire or a successfully drawn ensemble piece, Boogie Woogie's got the moves but can't quite find the beat.

April 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

Director Duncan Ward laggardly paces Danny Moynihan's script. This doesn't help what might well be an accurate portrayal of bourgeois decadence -- especially when Ward is given to lecherous emphasis while emphasizing his characters' lechery.

April 21, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Audience Reviews for Boogie Woogie

Disposible comedy supposedly about the upper echelons of the art world aesthetic, where what everyone really wants is the most expensive painting, and maybe to sleep with the wife of whoever owns it, or her close friend, or her dog walker. It's like a oversimplification of joke: everything's lost. Needs remodeling.
January 19, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Average. It started out very bad - over the top hammy acting, very unconvincing and just all round bad. Thankfully it does pick up a little, and it has a good cast including Amanda Seyfried, Heather Graham, Gillian Anderson and Alan Cumming. Can't say I loved it,and they could all do much better than this movie, but it was worth at least one watch. I think.... To be honest, I am not sure what they were trying to do with this. Was it meant to be funny or clever or maybe just titilating.
March 6, 2011
romy861

Super Reviewer

Not a good movie, it kinda has all actors that can't act in a single movie. Story was kinda sucky and non interesting.

A comedy of manners set against the backdrop of contemporary London and the international art scene.
January 23, 2011
MANUGINO
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

I am so sick of these fucking ensemble films. It was fresh and new in the '90's. Well here's a damn news flash: the '90's were ten years ago. Let's try to do something different or at least use a different structure. Instead we get a handful of people whose stories intersect each other at various times and places. I'm not complaining about that. I'm pissed because it's used to try to make a movie better than it actually is, which is the case with Boogie Woogie. Here's the plot: Christopher Lee owns a painting called the Boogie Woogie. Everyone wants to buy it in one way or another. All of those other people screw each other, literally or otherwise. That's the extent of this picture. Screwing. Everyone comes out screwed. The characters and the audiences. I spent a dollar and forty cents on this garbage and feel shafted myself.


I'm not going to go over the cast because I just don't want to. Let's just say that they are too good to be in crap like this. It's becoming more and more common for high end Hollywood stars to do garbage by third rate studios in between big budget movies that have actually been nurtured. I'm not defending Hollywood, but let's face it.Going through reviews the low end films have been just as bad as the Hollywood product. Boogie Woogie follows in that trend. It's a movie about art that tries to be provocative, but it's not. It's just a slow, boring process where we run a title sequence, people act badly with bad dialogue and plot points, finally ending with the end credits and you can finally turn it off.



I try to avoid turning anything off. I will do myself by falling asleep, but that doesn't count. I'm talking about getting up and turning off the TV or leaving a theater. I can't do it. There's a movie sitting in my Blu ray right now that I said was a piece of shit a third of the way in, yet I'll probably finish it because I just have to know how bad this is going to be. It's like being a masochist.



Sorry for going off on a tangent. Boogie Woogie is crap. You'll need a scorecard for the infidelity. You'll need a drink when it's over. You'll wonder how much bullshit was shoveled for so many good actors to be in a piece of shit like this.
September 19, 2010
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