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The Turning Point Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 10, 2010
What stands out are the ballet performances.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
March 1, 2004
It deserved all the Oscars it won: none.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chuck O'Leary
February 18, 2006
A glorified made-for-Lifetime-cable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2006
| Original Score: 2/5
February 16, 2004
Unwatchable for anyone who isn't a mad ballet fan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
December 22, 2007
Though made in 1977, this strained effort tries to combine a 1940s woman's picture with backstage melodrama set in the modern ballet world.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 30, 2012
For a film ostensibly dedicated to physical grace, Ross's images are unforgivably clumsy.

May 24, 2003
Its sophistications are superficial, to say the least, but it wowed the Academy in 1977.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Variety Staff
July 22, 2008
The Turning Point is one of the best films of its era.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 23, 2004
A wonderful film about the friendship between two women and about the marvels of ballet.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 29, 2005
moving drama
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 30, 2012
You yield to The Turning Point relucantly, knowing well that it is conning you -- with sentiment, with flamboyance, with sheer slickness.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 8, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 14, 2004
MacLaine and Bancroft are electric to watch.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
The Turning Point is entertaining, not for discovering new material, but for treating old material with style and romantic feeling that, in this day and age, seem remarkably unafraid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media
June 28, 2016
Well-acted '70s dance drama has sex, mature themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic

Time Out
February 9, 2006
There's some beautiful dancing and a wealth of detail about the world of classical ballet.

TV Guide
January 30, 2012
A well-made soap opera with a story that right out of a 1930s backstage musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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