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Prima Ballerina Reviews

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Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com
June 16, 2009
Behind-the-curtains has never been more ravishing nor more rewarding
| Original Score: 4/5
Jennifer Merin
About.com
May 27, 2009
This rare, behind-the-scenes dance film, which is more a profile of dancers than of the dance, shows that Russia and its famed Kirow are still the world's core of ballet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 1, 2009
Dance aficionados will be sent over the moon by this compelling documentary from director Bertrand Norman, chronicling what it takes to be a prima ballerina in the Mariinski Theatre.
| Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 1, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
April 30, 2009
As dazzling as they can be in performance, the ballerinas are even more breathtaking when a camera catches them alone in the shadows, dancing only for themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net
March 27, 2009
... in its simplistic, by-the-book delivery, Ballerina does give an inkling of the blood and sweat hidden underneath the ethereal beauty of classical dance.
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
March 27, 2009
The movie is an admirable look into the venerable St. Petersburg company and how dancers thrive or just survive in the physically challenging world of dance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post
March 13, 2009
A jewel of a documentary.
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
March 11, 2009
...Ballerina looks behind the scenes ...to offer a closer look at the system of selection, training and rehearsal which keeps Russian ballet the envy of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 4, 2009
Even those skeptical of ballet will likely be entranced.
Maitland McDonagh
Miss FlickChick
March 2, 2009
Not as perceptive as Etoiles or as ... entertaining as Ballets Russes, [but] still a glimpse into a priviledged, ruthlessly demanding world few outsiders ever get to see.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 26, 2009
Such a brief glimpse into these women's lives and art whets the appetite for more; alas, Ballerina ends far too quickly, leaving only their willowy shadows behind.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
R. M. Campbell
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 26, 2009
Anyone who knows about ballet will find much to recognize in the lives of these young women, but for those who do not, the film will be a revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Phil Hall
Film Threat
January 17, 2009
Ballet lovers will enjoy the footage of the young ballerinas taking command of their respective performances.
| Original Score: 3/5
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
January 16, 2009
That something so beautiful can exist in this modern world is, itself, a source of wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 16, 2009
Ballerina will be of interest mostly to balletomanes, but even folks who don't know their right foot from their left will find inspiration in the lives of these devoted dancers. Besides, who isn't moved by Swan Lake?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
January 16, 2009
If only a glimpse, the privilege compensates: one wants more from Ballerina because the world it reveals -- elegant and harsh, glamorous and grinding, classical and obsolete -- proves so rich in exquisite contradictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 16, 2009
A refreshing and illuminating portrait of five new stars in Russian ballet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
January 16, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
January 14, 2009
Watching these women perform is a striking lesson in ballet's rigorous aesthetic alchemy -- and the extreme, exquisite individualism that prevails.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
May 1, 2009
Jeffrey Gantz
Boston Phoenix
May 1, 2009
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 17, 2009
Ballerina is most memorable, not surprisingly, in capturing these women on the move, whether dancing in full costume on the Mariinsky stage or practicing endlessly in the theater's rehearsal rooms.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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