• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Duncan Ward
    In Theaters:
    Apr 23, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 14, 2010
  • IFC Films


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Boogie Woogie Reviews

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Prairie Miller

Devilishly cynical eavesdropper art snob fare peering into the pretentious when not cruel machinations transpiring in the world of creative merchandise commerce.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

September 2, 2010
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 2/5

May 16, 2010
Marcy Dermansky

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

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 3/5

May 9, 2010
Brian Orndorf

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.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: B-

April 28, 2010
Pete Hammond
Back Stage

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

Full Review Source: Back Stage | Original Score: 2/5

April 26, 2010
Maitland McDonagh
Miss FlickChick

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.

Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick

April 23, 2010
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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[The film's characters] are so repellent that almost everyone outside the movie's fetid hothouse will want to flee to fresher air.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 23, 2010
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

April 23, 2010
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 23, 2010
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 6.95/10

April 22, 2010
Sam Adams
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

April 22, 2010
Derek Malcolm
This is London

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

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 1/5

April 22, 2010
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

April 22, 2010
Neil Smith
Total Film

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.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

April 22, 2010
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A tepid spoof that only occasionally evokes a reluctant smile.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 21, 2010
Michelle Orange

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

Full Review Source: Movieline

April 21, 2010
Armond White
New York Press

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.

Full Review Source: New York Press

April 21, 2010
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

April 21, 2010
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 20, 2010
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