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TIME Magazine
March 9, 2015
A lingering, calf-eyed look at backstage ballet's little world of overworked egos and underdone glands.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
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Melissa Anderson
L.A. Weekly
May 13, 2010
The greatest film about ballet ever made.
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March 2, 2010
The shoes have never been redder. The color of passion that drenches the Technicolor world of The Red Shoes has been restored to its original luster.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 1, 2010
No wonder Britain, still rationed in color, food, and feeling in the wake of an exhausting war, could not cope with what the movie proposed. Catch it here now, and you will not just be seeing an old film made new; you will have your vision restored.
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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
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David Fear
Time Out
November 5, 2009
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's ode to the agony and the ecstasy of dancing is still joyous and moving even if you watch it through filthy, cracked sunglasses.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 21, 2008
One of the most beautiful films ever made.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 24, 2007
A look beneath its lushly romantic surface reveals a dark, complex sensibility, and that surface, rendered in the somber tones of British Technicolor, reflects a fantastically rich cinematic inventiveness.
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Variety Staff
October 24, 2007
The three principal dancers, Moira Shearer, Leonide Massine and Robert Helpmann, are beyond criticism.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
We must be contented with repeating that The Red Shoes is one you must see.