Five Dances Reviews

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Shawn Hazelett
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
At times the plot seems to exist merely to string together all these dance scenes ... Unfortunately, Five Dances feels more interested in the art than the artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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David DeWitt
New York Times
October 3, 2013
There's an interesting vibe there, but it's not enough to save what seems like a failed experiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Violet Lucca
Village Voice
October 1, 2013
Unfortunately, schmaltzy music and drab melodrama drag down the otherwise graceful moves of Five Dances.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 3, 2013
Though the film's untested cast struggles with the drama, and the sketched-out story is often banal (there are several amateurish calls-to-mom scenes), the presentation of a specific city subculture is etched from the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
October 14, 2013
Anyone not associated with the world of modern dance and/or anyone not fixated on the bodies of agile young men will find little of interest in this slow, claustrophobic film
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June 24, 2014
A lovingly shot valentine to work and body and art, and a generous, ultimately happy little story of a lost boy finding a community and a kindred soul.
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
October 3, 2013
It's the moments when the director stops worrying about clarifying plot and character motivation and lets the performances bring those into being that makes this an authentic project.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Hank Sartin
RogerEbert.com
October 11, 2013
Just when the plotting had me sighing with impatience, Brown would get back into showing us rehearsal and things would liven up again. It's in the recording of dance that this movie comes alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
June 24, 2014
Rather than adapting the pieces to conform to his paper-thin narrative, Brown explores the tensions and contortions of dancers expressing fresh emotion through a pre-existing art form.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 24, 2014
Five Dances should well impress dance aficionados even if its skimpy narrative proves less than inspired.
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