Flashdance Reviews

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Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 11, 2014
Director Adrian Lyne caught the post-disco visual mood of the time to win over even the most cynical viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

People Magazine
August 11, 2014
This spirited rock musical about a young factory worker go-go dancer in Pittsburgh who aspires to be a ballerina is the best kind of adolescent fantasy: colorful, involving and full of leaping, prancing energy.

Total Film
March 25, 2013
It's the electrifying body-doubled dance numbers that really stick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 25, 2013
Punchy, cleverly stylized, but utterly empty.
Top Critic
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 25, 2013
Unlike its grittily romantic predecessors, Flashdance is pure glitz.
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Cinderella tale with sex, Spandex, and '80s pop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 11, 2010
Crudely-made in just about every possible way, Flashdance has only nostalgia going for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 30, 2009
Flashdance might be considered one of the first signs of Hollywood's Apocalypse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 5, 2009
a beautiful piece of retro culture
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
May 23, 2008
As far as date movies go, this is effective enough, especially the scene where Beals demonstrates how to change her top without taking off her sweater.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 23, 2008
Nothing but glossy fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
May 23, 2008
Virtually plotless, exceedingly thin on characterization and sociologically laughable, pic at least lives up to its title by offering an anthology of extraordinarily flashy dance numbers.
Jeff Giles
Bullz-Eye.com
October 16, 2007
There's something real in here, and it could have made it to the screen, but the people involved were too shortsighted to see it through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
September 27, 2007
A simplistic fairy tale, directed by Lyne in a trashy, superficially glitzy style, with pretense to realism in its on-location shooting and a woman who works as a welder, and the kind of postmodernism that's mostly evident in the heroine's name, Alex.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
June 28, 2007
"What a feeling" indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Depressing to think that this was a huge hit on the back of the Irene Cara hit single, since there's absolutely nothing to it.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Step-setter of its time.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Jennifer Beals shouldn't feel bad. She is a natural talent, she is fresh and engaging here, and only needs to find an agent with a natural talent for turning down scripts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
September 4, 2004
An utterly preposterous piece of Reagan-era bootstrapping propaganda.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
The story doesn't help Miss Beals either, because she's at her least convincing when having to register any emotion other than rapture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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