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Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet Reviews

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

Candid and comfortable; a film that deftly balances action and reflection as it lets you grasp and feel the passion others have for their work.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: B

May 12, 2003
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

Delivers roughly equal amounts of beautiful movement and inside information.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

May 9, 2003
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A much better documentary -- more revealing, more emotional and more surprising -- than its pedestrian English title would have you believe.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 8, 2003
Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
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A thoughtful, reverent portrait of what is essentially a subculture, with its own rules regarding love and family, governance and hierarchy.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 8, 2003
Octavio Roca
San Francisco Chronicle
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There are touching moments in Etoiles, but for the most part this is a dull, dour documentary on what ought to be a joyful or at least fascinating subject.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

February 24, 2003
Christine Temin
Boston Globe
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This is art paying homage to art.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

January 10, 2003
David Noh
Film Journal International

It jumps around with little logic or continuity, presenting backstage bytes of information that never amount to a satisfying complete picture of this particular, anciently demanding métier.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 3, 2002
Clive Barnes
New York Post
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Muddled, simplistic and more than a little pretentious.

| Original Score: 2/4

November 8, 2002
Luisa F. Ribeiro
Boxoffice Magazine

Part of the draw of dance is the impossibility to define its particular joy. Tavernier's film conveys a large element of its appeal -- and more.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 8, 2002
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A fascinating glimpse into an insular world that gives the lie to many clichés and showcases a group of dedicated artists.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2002
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Like leafing through an album of photos accompanied by the sketchiest of captions.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 7, 2002
Elizabeth Zimmer
Village Voice
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Among the many pleasures are the lively intelligence of the artists and their perceptiveness about their own situations.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 5, 2002
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

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Boston Phoenix
January 27, 2004
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Rachel Howard
San Francisco Examiner

March 25, 2003
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