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Moulin Rouge! Reviews

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David Keyes
April 12, 2016
One of the great movie spectacles of this generation, an undertaking of vast scope made all the more fascinating by how it transforms commonplace undercurrents into rich sensations for every frame it possesses the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
February 15, 2013
You will either fall in love with every camp flourish, or find yourself exhausted after 20 minutes. It's a singular achievement either way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
February 14, 2013
It's still a one-of-a-kind, we'll give it that. But its sense of fun is so relentless and excessive, it all ends up being extremely tedious and shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Lowry
Total Film
January 25, 2013
An honest, heartfelt paean to good old-fashioned love that's audacious in its wide-eyed passion, innocent love of fun and sheer showmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 4, 2012
Sensual ravishment, indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10

November 8, 2011
A genuinely exhilarating experience. Moulin Rouge is like the best party ever, to the power of 10.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 8, 2011
[A] tour de farce of trivia and Traviata, of tragic love and deliberate banality.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
December 31, 2010
Dazzling musical romance for teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
November 22, 2010
Vibrant, luxurious, full of razzle-dazzle fantasy and a delicious visual feast, yes, but watching it is rather like devouring a box of expensive chocolates in one go.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
October 30, 2010
Moulin Rouge! is a movie that works hard to earn that exclamation point after it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nick Rogers
September 19, 2010
Baz Luhrmann's absinthe-dripped extravagance becomes contagious. Operating with the precision and crazy adornments of a cuckoo clock, what could've been a migraine becomes a film so visceral and enchanting that even the man in the moon sings out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
July 6, 2010
Moulin Rouge is a tour de force of artifice, a dazzling pastiche of musical and visual elements at the service of a blatantly artificial story.
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
Electric Cannes opener.
Rob Gonsalves
July 18, 2008
Everything in it is appropriated from somewhere else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
One of the most exciting pieces of filmmaking to hit theaters in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
Mr. Luhrmann and his colleagues have worked like whirling dervishes to make the plot look like it's moving.
Emanuel Levy
January 28, 2007
One of the year's best films: This tragi-comic musical is Luhrmann's most audaciously innovative feature, one that creates its own hightened world, aggressively defying historical authenticity and the established conventions of Hollywood musicals.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
A sense of timelessness and irony-free romance make this a winner.
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
If it lacks the emotional punch of Luhrmann's earlier films, and drags towards the end, it is still great fun.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
It is a whirlwind of sound and imagery that wants nothing less than to suck you into its world of Truth, Beauty, and most of all love. And beneath the pageantry, the breathtaking visuals, and the songs, that is what this movie is; a love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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