—— The Identical Sep 05
—— The Longest Week Sep 05
67% Thunder and the House of Magic Sep 05
74% God Help the Girl Sep 05
—— The Remaining Sep 05

Top Box Office

92% Guardians of the Galaxy $16.3M
20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $11.8M
39% If I Stay $9.3M
33% As Above/So Below $8.3M
21% Let's Be Cops $8.2M
37% The November Man $7.7M
17% When The Game Stands Tall $5.6M
32% The Giver $5.3M
65% The Hundred-Foot Journey $4.6M
34% The Expendables 3 $3.5M

Coming Soon

—— No Good Deed Sep 12
—— Dolphin Tale 2 Sep 12
—— Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? Sep 12
100% The Skeleton Twins Sep 12
100% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Sep 12

Premieres Tonight

30% Houdini: Season 1

New Episodes Tonight

—— Anger Management: Season 2
71% Dallas: Season 3
—— Mistresses: Season 2
25% Partners: Season 1
67% Teen Wolf: Season 4
62% Under the Dome: Season 2

Discuss Last Night's Shows

—— Breathless: Season One
100% Falling Skies: Season 4
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
78% Ray Donovan: Season 2
46% Reckless: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
—— Unforgettable: Season 2

Cabaret (1972)



Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 1

Great performances and evocative musical numbers help Cabaret secure its status as a stylish, socially conscious classic.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

Great performances and evocative musical numbers help Cabaret secure its status as a stylish, socially conscious classic.



liked it
Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 35,366

My Rating

Movie Info

Originally a 1966 Broadway musical, this groundbreaking Bob Fosse musical was in turn based on Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin, previously dramatized for stage and screen as I Am a Camera with Julie Harris as Sally Bowles. Fosse uses the decadent and vulgar cabaret as a mirror image of German society sliding toward the Nazis, and this intertwining of entertainment with social history marked a new step forward for the movie musical. Michael York plays a British writer who comes to

Apr 28, 1998

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Watch It Now

Latest News on Cabaret

June 22, 2007:
AFI Announces Top 100 Movies of All Time ... Again
Ten years ago the AFI gave us a list of the Top 100 American Films Ever Made -- and when that was...


Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (1) | DVD (13)

Bob Fosse's direction is as chaotic as it was in his previous Sweet Charity, a desperate scramble after a style.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (2)
TIME Magazine
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The screenplay, which never seems to talk down to an audience while at the same time making its candid points with tasteful emphasis, returns the story to a variety of settings.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Whatever this 1972 feature is, it's entertaining and stylish, though maybe not quite as serious as it wants to be.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Superbly choreographed by Fosse, the cabaret numbers evoke the Berlin of 1931 - city of gaiety and perversion, of champagne and Nazi propaganda - so vividly that only an idiot could fail to perceive that something is rotten in the state of Weimar.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic

...the context of Germany on the eve of the Nazi ascent to power makes the entire musical into an unforgettable cry of despair.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Everybody in Cabaret is very fine, and meticulously chosen for type, down to the last weary transvestite and to the least of the bland, blond open-faced Nazis in the background.

May 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It's an all-time masterpiece, mercurial and timeless. I am changed every time I see it.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Cabaret is in some respects a typical feel-good musical, yet it's also so much deeper than that.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Influential '70s musical features sex and mature themes.

January 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Let's just say it: the best thing going in director Bob Fosse's tour de force is Joel Grey. As the Master of Ceremonies at the infamous Berlin Kit-Kat club, Grey steals every scene he's in and makes us hope for more.

July 22, 2009 Full Review Source: JWR

simply masterful in every way

April 20, 2008
Shadows on the Wall

A great classic film.

October 25, 2007

After a decade of stagnant musicals, Bob Fosse reenergizes the genre with a dazzling, intelligent, and socially conscious musical more reflective of the zeitgeist of the 1970s--Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey are brilliant.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

The classic musical..much better than Chicago

August 24, 2005

Chilling Fosse vision of Weimar Berlin, stylishly directed and choreographed, featuring a show-stopping musical performance by Minnelli, Grey's unforgettable emcee and thoughtful acting from Michael York.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Seems less fresh now, but still powerful.

December 1, 2002 | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of the few classic musicals that truly do stand the test of time.

July 26, 2002

This viscerally powerful, deliriously inspired musical stands the test of time, and then some.

July 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Guardian

Although its political pretensions are often forced, the film's energy, musical set-pieces and performances still enthral, especially Grey's depiction of a grotesque cabaret emcee. 'Money', his duet with Minnelli, is a show-stopper.

June 25, 2002 Full Review Source:

All are guaranteed to leave Sally Bowles' words ringing in your ears as the credits roll: 'Divine decadence, darling!'

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Cabaret

For me, Cabaret is all about Liza Minnelli. She oozes charm and sex appeal and is a great singer to boot. The style, the songs, the great performances, everything is pitch perfect. It's no surprise to me it is regarded as one of the greatest musicals of all time. It's almost the anti-musical of all musicals that came before it, it hasn't really been bettered (or should I say matched) until Dancer in the Dark which also stared the fantastic Joel Grey. Brilliant.
April 15, 2013

Super Reviewer

Liza Minelli plays an annoying cabaret singer who turns a gay guy straight, gets pregnant (possibly by him, possibly by one of the other guys she was sleeping with) and then has an abortion. All while under the backdrop of a burgeoning nazi germany. Liza performs the title song well, but the bulk of the film is largely uninteresting.
April 10, 2013
Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

Incredibly immersive. The most upbeat, quirky tragedy around.
March 9, 2013
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

My definition of overrated is when I don't like a film nearly as much as every other film critic/historian seems to, and I cannot understand why they may enjoy it more than I. CABARET is overrated beyond human belief. There are definitely some unmissable bright spots here, but if there's one critic who overlooked every single outstanding flaw in this film, I will make room in my heart for worry.

Read more about this dreadful disappointment at
July 5, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Sally Bowles: Come to the Cabaret old bum, come the the Cabaret.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (14 months ago)
    1. Sally Bowles: Are you AC/DC Brian? The economy is in shambles, let's be bourgeoisie and decadent.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (14 months ago)
    1. Brian Roberts: Listen Sally, I swing both ways.
    – Submitted by Jesse K (14 months ago)
    1. Sally Bowles: My beloved wife, remember the filthy moments we had before marriage!
    – Submitted by Khaled E (2 years ago)
    1. Master of Ceremonies: [speaking to audience] Where are your troubles now? Forgotten! I told you so. We no troubles here. Here life is beautiful.
    – Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)
    1. Sally Bowles: I saw a film about syphilis. Ugh! It was too awful. I couldn't let a man touch me for two weeks.
    2. Sally Bowles: Bumsen.
    3. Brian Roberts: THAT would be the German word you pronounce perfectly (bumsen).
    4. Sally Bowles: Well I ought to. I spent the entire afternoon bumsening like mad with this ghastly old producer who promised to get me a contract.
    – Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)
View all quotes (8)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Cabaret on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Critics Consensus
Critics Consensus

November Man is Slick, Convoluted

Total Recall
Total Recall

Pierce Brosnan's 10 Best Movies

Mindy Project
Mindy Project

Get caught up on the comedy

Red Carpet Roundup
Red Carpet Roundup

See pictures from this week's premieres

Foreign Titles

  • Cabaret (DE)
  • Cabaret (CA)
Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile