Moulin Rouge! - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Moulin Rouge! Reviews

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Jeannette Catsoulis
Las Vegas Mercury
March 22, 2005
'Gorgeously decadent, massively contrived, and gloriously superficial.'
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Giving this film more gravity would have sunk it like the Titanic; like a pop song, it floats on hot air. It's risky, gutsy, and (how rare) entertaining.
| Original Score: A
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 22, 2004
Baz Luhrmann has created the most innovative movie musical since, well, his last one -- William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 1, 2004
...a train wreck of a film.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
October 30, 2003
If one is able to give oneself over to the heady mix of improbable fantasy that Luhrman paints with his broad brush, MOULIN ROUGE can be something akin to ecstasy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
It plunges bravely into the realm of absurdity and emerges an exhaustingly exhilarating experience. For sheer audacity, it is unmatched this year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Brian Mckay
March 20, 2003
Nicole Kidman is absolutely stunning in this film . . . MacGregor is equally charismatic and heartbreaking . . . has the rare ability to stir every emotion in the human soul
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
This spectacular production cannot fail to impress - especially if you believe in Freedom, Beauty, Truth, and (above all) Love.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Stacie Hougland
February 6, 2003
A luscious, inspired flight of fancy that will delight fans of Luhrmann and deconstructionist cinema, but may quickly tire conventional audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Gurgling through all of Luhrmann's intricate pipery is real, unabashed emotion-this movie not only loves its audience, it loves entertaining them with a movie about love.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Saturday Night Live has already made fun of the film for using songs from the 70s and 80s, but the reason it ends up working so well is that Luhrmann really USES the songs.
Rebecca Murray
December 17, 2002
This movie takes musicals to a level never before experienced, and which may never be equaled in its exaggerated style.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Moulin Rouge is admirable if only for experimenting in a genre many have left for dead
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Aan undeniably imaginative work that is a glorious testament to the limitless and largely untapped possibilities of cinema.
| Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
Breath-taking in parts, yet at times embarrassing and clumsy, it's a film you'll either love or hate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Moulin Rouge is an assault on the senses. Everything here is over the top. You may find it pleasant, but you will almost certainly find it exhausting.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Moulin Rouge fills the screen with wit and joy and sorrow untempered by the dry, self-conscious cool of most modern films. Its bravery alone earns rewards far beyond the price of its imperfections.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
The Best Film of 2001!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
September 9, 2002
A kaleidoscope of color and choreography -- a glittering pop opera... rich in detail and imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
August 28, 2002
The breakneck edits, freakish costumes, eccentric sets and matte effects come across like Fellini orchestrating a rave party.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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