Piccadilly Reviews

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
February 2, 2011

Dupont has an original way of employing camera movement to suggest erotic chemistry between characters, and Wong, who even provoked a rave notice from Walter Benjamin, is as memorable and confident as Louise Brooks was in the films of G.W. Pabst.


TIME Magazine
Top Critic
February 2, 2011

Like most English pictures, the drama is crudely shaped and conventionally directed. Anna May Wong does the best acting.

Variety Staff
Variety
Top Critic
March 26, 2009

Music is the usual medley of pop dance stuff, with the cabaret set about the best thing in the production. Camerawork on close-ups is excellent.


Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

The melodramatic machinations of the plot may be weak, but Dupont's assured direction, Alfred Jünge's art direction, and Werner Brandes' lighting create an atmosphere so hauntingly evocative as to be satisfying in itself.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald
Top Critic
April 23, 2004

A swinging London club; the breakup of a famous performing couple; a well-known dancer being replaced by one younger and more exotic; a murder. All juicy fodder for plot, and it's a good thing.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
March 25, 2004

[Wong's] role of Shosho, the red-hot dancing star of London's Piccadilly nightclub, shows her at her dramatic and erotic peak.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Janice Page
Boston Globe
Top Critic
March 19, 2004

Wong is the kind of gorgeous that burns right through a camera lens, and the kind of mesmerizing that seems without effort or end.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
Top Critic
September 30, 2003

A visually eloquent and sometimes dazzling backstage melodrama.