For all the juicy backstage stories and remarkable archival footage of early performances, the film still feels blandly affirmative.
| Original Score: 5/10
Always informative yet never remotely original. The story gets told, we learn something, class dismissed.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Talk about a slow dance.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
"Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance" is an exhilarating piece of dance history...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A bountiful feast for dance lovers, as well as a thrilling story of artistic endeavor for everyone to savor.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
While the doc offers us a story that needs to be told, it does so in very non-Joffrey ways.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: B-
There's a lot of valuable information here, but for all the archival footage on view, dance is rarely allowed to make its effect.