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The Red Shoes Reviews

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December 11, 2009
Truly spectacular, and yet dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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March 9, 2015
A lingering, calf-eyed look at backstage ballet's little world of overworked egos and underdone glands.
March 9, 2015
These faults, if faults they be, may well be outweighed by the beauty of the ballet sequences and music, by the skill with which Mr Powell always uses colour, and by Miss Shearer's endearing charm.
March 9, 2015
Moira Shearer has a fragile loveliness and a freshness wholly lacking in almost all the stars of today -- she gives a most appealing performance.
March 9, 2015
To isolate any one element of The Red Shoes is to miss its unique ability to convey a kind of total effect similar to that brought about by dream, or music, or memory.
August 20, 2012
There are no words. As a film critic, I can't really get away with that too often. This feels like a worthy deployment.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 5, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 20, 2006
The film is voluptuous in its beauty and passionate in its storytelling. You don't watch it, you bathe in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 23, 2010
The Red Shoes was shot in three-strip Technicolor, a process that's no longer used because of expense and technical complexity, but one that yielded some of the most spectacular images in cinema history.
December 11, 2009
This is arguably the best-loved dance film of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 6, 1948
If you love dance, and music, and movies, treat yourself this weekend to The Red Shoes.
Read More | Original Score: A
February 8, 2010
A masterpiece that's long been championed by film critics and archivists and should also be given its place as a part of gay cinema history.
December 11, 2009
Blending impressionist art and expressionist film, blurring the barriers between theatre and cinema, body and camera, reality and dream, drawing equally on the avant-garde and the classical.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 13, 2010
The timeless appeal of a beautiful ballerina torn between ambition and love makes engrossing viewing in this meticulously remastered 1948 classic
March 13, 2010
The film reminds us of where great cinema comes from
April 23, 2013
It's marvelously acted, superbly written, and features outstanding choreography , unforgettable characters and hauntingly beautiful cinematography. It's a cinematic treat for movie lovers! Bon appetit!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 11, 2009
Thanks to a recent restoration overseen by Martin Scorsese, the Oscar-winning classic is now looking better than ever and fully deserves its return to cinema screens.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
Effortlessly combines the freedom of a Disney animated feature, the grace of ballet, the inventiveness of Citizen Kane, the truth of a documentary and the magic of movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 4, 2011
Deeper the layers go, forever. Pure cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 24, 2007
The three principal dancers, Moira Shearer, Leonide Massine and Robert Helpmann, are beyond criticism.
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