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Pina (2011)


Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 93
Fresh: 88
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: Pina is an immersive, gorgeously shot tribute to the people who express life through movement.

Average Rating: 8.6/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 30
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: Pina is an immersive, gorgeously shot tribute to the people who express life through movement.


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 8,059


Movie Info

Pina is a feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009. Pina is a film for Pina Bausch by Wim Wenders. He takes the audience on a sensual, visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch ensemble, he follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and … More

PG (for some sensuality/partial nudity and smoking)
Musical & Performing Arts , Documentary
Directed By:
Written By:
Wim Wenders
In Theaters:
Jan 22, 2013
Box Office:
IFC Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Pina

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (88) | Rotten (5) | DVD (2)

Watching Pina is like being inside one of Bausch's surreal pieces.

Full Review… | February 16, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A remarkable -- and likely enduring -- tribute to an artist committed to creating dance theater drawn from humanity's deepest physical and emotional reserves.

Full Review… | February 15, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

"Pina" isn't just for dance fans or those curious about the latest in 3-D. It's a celebration of life.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A unique and often sublime artistic experience, "Pina" is a 3-D dance film that immerses us in the movement, letting us feel that we could reach out and touch these dancers as they float past us.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

For anyone with an interest in dance, "Pina" is a must-see. For anyone not interested in contemporary dance, "Pina" is a should-see. It could change your mind.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Pina is a tribute of an artist by an artist, a friend to a friend. But its great genius comes from the mournful, as well as celebratory, reckoning of the performers Bausch pushed, collaborated with and inspired.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
Denver Post
Top Critic

A stirring and solid tribute to the late dance instructor.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

a stark, invigorating reminder that great art never dies with the artist

Full Review… | February 11, 2013
Q Network Film Desk

The creative marriage of two real artists, Pina and Wim, turns out better than even a Dale Carnegie bred optimist could hope for

Full Review… | July 21, 2012 beautiful as it is perplexing.

Full Review… | April 29, 2012
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Joy, anger, terror, grief - the entire range of human experience can be found in these dances.

Full Review… | April 13, 2012
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Wenders usa sua própria forma de expressão artística (o Cinema) para recriar e enriquecer a obra de Bausch.

Full Review… | April 5, 2012
Cinema em Cena

'Undefeated' won the Oscar, but the most truly inspiring of the Documentary Feature nominees is 'Pina.' I know next to nothing about dance, and I was mesmerized.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Mondern-dance documentary is visually dazzling but it doesn't make the slightest effort to invite the unconverted to the party.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012

Bring someone who doubts that movies can surprise us anymore. ... Bring somebody who isn't yet excited about stereoscopic cinema. They'll change their minds.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Looking Closer

Most documentaries put us inside people's heads. The dazzling, experimental Pina puts us inside people's feet.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Charlotte Observer

[An] utterly transfixing, exhilarating spectacle of bodies in motion.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Austin Chronicle

The 3-D is so subtle, unobtrusive and low-key that at times I felt like I was watching the movie through a View-Master rather than the requisite plastic glasses. That's not meant as a knock.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012
Creative Loafing

An immersive moviegoing experience beyond imagination.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Outsiders might have more difficulty comprehending Bausch's mastery, especially whacked up into bite-sized pieces of inscrutable emotion and abrupt movement.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012

Dance fans won't want to miss it, but be prepared to be frustrated almost as often as you're awed.

Full Review… | February 9, 2012
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Pina

I knew nothing about Pina Bausch before this film and had pretty much no interest in Dance. That has now changed thanks to a) Wim Wender's fantastic approach to documentaries - particularly his tributes and b) Pina Bausch's dances are a little bit more interesting than a bunch of skeletons in false smiles and tutus. The visuals here are stunning, even if some of the dances are unintentionally quite amusing, there is always something new and exciting to look at. I found the film to be interesting, informative and quite relaxing. If a Pina Bausch production was to pop up in London any time soon I would definitely buy a ticket!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


Wim Wenders' has done a tremendous job in bringing Pina's artistry to the screen. The director has used cranes and steady cams to capture the dance as if we were in the middle of the production. He's also chosen to shoot the film in 3D. It's not required to enjoy the spectacle, but certainly highly recommended. The addition of the 3D format significantly adds to the feeling of being there on stage. The technically complex choreography of the troupe is even more impressive. Every time a new piece unfolded on screen I was transfixed not only by the dancing, but also by the creative cinematography and the beautiful music. By the end, one realizes this is merely a series of performances. There is no narrative about the woman herself to truly get us emotionally involved. Personally I can only get so excited about modern dance. However, before Pina, I had never heard of the choreographer and now I am a fan. Wim Wenders has made a hypnotic document to the legacy of an incredibly talented individual. Without words he presents a moving elegy full of feeling. Pina is a heady mix of her artistry and Wim Wenders' direction.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer


Freaks, Francesca Woodman + Roy Andersson.

Pina gives me such a peace, but her choreographies disturb me in such a way that I wonder if it may be the fear of the mirror (identification) or fear of primitivism (has freedom necessarily to be the "loss of self-control"? - only by the loss of the self - that lives in social conditioning - we can find ourselves?).
"Your fragility is your strength".

Rubia Carolina

Super Reviewer


Wim Wenders tribute to avant-garde choreographer Pina Baush (who unexpectedly died during filming); it features elaborate 3-D stagings of her abstract dances interspersed with tributes from members of her company. I'm not sure this labor of love will do for the esoteric field of modern dance what BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB did for Cuban music, but it's impossible to come away unimpressed by the grace, dedication and creativity of the dancers.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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