Mary Poppins Returns
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One is reminded anew of the satisfaction to be derived from waiting for something to be done the right way.
You yield to The Turning Point relucantly, knowing well that it is conning you -- with sentiment, with flamboyance, with sheer slickness.
For a film ostensibly dedicated to physical grace, Ross's images are unforgivably clumsy.
The Turning Point is one of the best films of its era.
There's some beautiful dancing and a wealth of detail about the world of classical ballet.
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.
Well-acted '70s dance drama has sex, mature themes.
A well-made soap opera with a story that right out of a 1930s backstage musical.
What stands out are the ballet performances.
Though made in 1977, this strained effort tries to combine a 1940s woman's picture with backstage melodrama set in the modern ballet world.
A glorified made-for-Lifetime-cable movie.
An insufferable and melodramatic soap opera that didn't deserve any of the eleven Oscar nominations it got, especially for a mediocre script that has no structure or clear focus, as well as for Browne and Baryshnikov, whose nominations are an insult to any real actor.
A former ballet dancer's daughter moves to New York to star in a big-time ballet company, and the move resurfaces old grudges.
I suppose that the highlights of this film are the ballet sequences, which are well-choreographed and visually fun to watch. But these sequences do nothing to advance the story or the film's characters; they divert the film's focus. Deedee, played by Shirley MacLaine, is the center of the film's main conflict, and Deedee must reconcile her choice - to settle down and have a family rather than compete against Emma, played by Anne Bancroft, for professional success. Despite scenes in which Deedee looks on enviously as her daughter achieves the success she never did, this conflict just sits in the background, and there aren't many moments in which we see Deedee working to resolve the conflict. The affair subplot is lame and poorly presented, and the final fight between Emma and Deedee resolves like a bad Lifetime movie - illogical, maudlin, and wracked with a bond between women that nobody could understand or believe.
Overall, if you like ballet, skip the poor excuse for a plot between the dance scenes.
A boring, talky, and slow movie about dancers. There are some good actors in the movie, but overall it's boring.
This is not a great movie, but just to watch Baryshnikov propel his body to incredible heights is totally, totally worth the 2 hours. That, and the catfight between Shirley Maclaine and Anne Bancroft. Ah, how I love them.
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