Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance Reviews

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Adam Nayman
The Grid
September 20, 2012
For all the juicy backstage stories and remarkable archival footage of early performances, the film still feels blandly affirmative.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 26, 2012
Always informative yet never remotely original. The story gets told, we learn something, class dismissed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
July 26, 2012
Talk about a slow dance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 31, 2012
"Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance" is an exhilarating piece of dance history...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 27, 2012
A bountiful feast for dance lovers, as well as a thrilling story of artistic endeavor for everyone to savor.
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David DeWitt
New York Times
April 26, 2012
Dance films like Wim Wenders's innovative, kinetic "Pina" have now set a high barre, and by comparison the traditional talking-head style of this documentary seems primed for showings on public television.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
April 25, 2012
While the doc offers us a story that needs to be told, it does so in very non-Joffrey ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
April 24, 2012
A deeply archived and circumspect history of the Joffrey dance company, Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance does a perfect white swan but has trouble developing much of a personality.
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 12, 2012
Director Hercules doesn't show lots of muscle, preferring information to emotion, a curious choice in a movie about passionate people in an expressive art form, forever laboring for love.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lewis Segal
Los Angeles Times
January 31, 2012
There's a lot of valuable information here, but for all the archival footage on view, dance is rarely allowed to make its effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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