Moulin Rouge! - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Moulin Rouge! Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
May 21, 2001
It teases the audience with glimpses of dazzling images and snippets of familiar songs but never gives either a chance to connect.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 12, 2001
Some may dig Luhrmann's deconstructionist, irreverent style, but the movie is too gimmicky and pleased with its irreverence to connect emotionally with audiences.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
Like its seductive protagonists, it wants to show us everything it can... but never reveals what we really want to see.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 4, 2001
In their determination to resuscitate the musical they've managed only to bury it deeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 18, 2008
Everything in it is appropriated from somewhere else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Susan Granger
May 23, 2001
"It's a frenzied, feverish, Fellini-esque fairy tale - all style with no substance."
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 7, 2001
Thrilling, glitzy, audacious, daring, silly, spectacular, excessive, dazzling, dizzying, sensational, decadent, respectful, rude, electrifying, stupefying. Take your pick.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 10, 2001
I left Moulin Rouge feeling something, all right: I felt mauled.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
May 18, 2001
The movie has so much heart that the poor overworked organ explodes in every scene.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
May 18, 2001
Feels as if a dump truck has buried moviegoers in confetti and glitter for two hours.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
May 22, 2001
A voracious vacuum cleaner of a movie -- hoovering up a hundred years' worth of junk with the same monotonously unmodulated hum.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 31, 2001
It's like watching a hyperactive kid on a sugar high; after a while, you just want to send it to bed.
| Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 1, 2001
What pleasure Moulin Rouge produces must be weighed against brain cells sacrificed to such experimentation.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 17, 2002
Luhrmann rabidly Hoovers up a century or so worth of pop culture detritus and then projectile vomits it all over the screen with a vengeance.
Jeannette Catsoulis
Las Vegas Mercury
March 22, 2005
'Gorgeously decadent, massively contrived, and gloriously superficial.'
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 1, 2004
...a train wreck of a film.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
May 17, 2001
A vociferously overblown spectacle that unites a classical musical form with Luhrmann's obsessive pop culture pilfering and whirligig stylistic pastiche.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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.
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