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Prima Ballerina Reviews

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
January 14, 2009
A close-up but still, one senses, heavily idealized documentary portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
March 13, 2009
It's too levelheaded, too aesthetically old-fashioned and academic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 30, 2009
Mildly compelling and somewhat fascinating, but often tedious, incomplete and lacking enough insight about what it's truly like to be a ballerina.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Anna King
Time Out
January 14, 2009
Ballerina has the feel of a propaganda puff piece put out by the Russian tourist board.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
Stan Hall
March 13, 2009
While the mysterious air of the ballerina is preserved, a chance to reveal the real people behind the iconic, ethereal image is squandered.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
March 11, 2009
...Ballerina looks behind the scenes 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.
Jennifer Merin
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
Beverly Berning
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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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.
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
Jules Brenner
June 16, 2009
Behind-the-curtains has never been more ravishing nor more rewarding
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
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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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
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
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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
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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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