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Moulin Rouge! Reviews

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.
April 27, 2007
Mr. Luhrmann and his colleagues have worked like whirling dervishes to make the plot look like it's moving.
February 9, 2006
If it lacks the emotional punch of Luhrmann's earlier films, and drags towards the end, it is still great fun.
August 9, 2002
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 22, 2002
[Luhrmann] gives you way too much of what you didn't really want in the first place: soulless high jinks.
June 7, 2001
The net result of all this cinematic whirling, of the "wrong" music and of the parodic plot, is that nothing at all in the film moves us.
June 4, 2001
The film dances; the heart sings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 1, 2001
A wonderful postmodern hug of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 1, 2001
A magnificent mess of a postmodern musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 1, 2001
The colors and songs all come together to form a movie that is like no other before it.
June 1, 2001
So cheeky, aggressive and bursting with vitality that it can't help being annoying and exhilarating at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2001
Disappointing because it could have been so much more.
June 1, 2001
Reconfigures bigscreen musicals with more daring, inventiveness and conviction than any movie since The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2001
What pleasure Moulin Rouge produces must be weighed against brain cells sacrificed to such experimentation.
June 1, 2001
It's torn between comedy and romantic melodrama.
June 1, 2001
A dazzling, electrifying event that transcends the screen.
June 1, 2001
The movie is more like the Moulin Rouge of my adolescent fantasies than the real Moulin Rouge ever could be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 1, 2001
Luhrmann has created his own spectacular, spectacular.
June 1, 2001
A film as unpredictable as the love it celebrates -- you keep falling in and out of this giddy affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2001
Chokes on its own artifice.
June 1, 2001
Just remember to take your dancing shoes; you'll feel like using them afterwards.
May 31, 2001
You get faux feelings -- but faux of the highest, giddiest order.
May 31, 2001
[McGregor] opens himself up to us, and what he reveals turns out to be almost alarmingly charming.
May 31, 2001
It's a bauble, but an ingenious one, and it's also the work of a diehard romantic.
May 31, 2001
Even when it falls on its face, which it does more than once, the new movie falters with style.
May 31, 2001
A rare picture that gets you intoxicated on the possibilities of movies.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: C-
May 22, 2001
A voracious vacuum cleaner of a movie -- hoovering up a hundred years' worth of junk with the same monotonously unmodulated hum.
May 21, 2001
The real problem isn't overload but emptiness: The audience stays stone-cold sober.
May 21, 2001
Historical purists and those who enjoy only sedate films are likely to be infuriated by what Luhrmann has done here, but who cares?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2001
Feels as if a dump truck has buried moviegoers in confetti and glitter for two hours.
May 18, 2001
Just two days after seeing Moulin Rouge, I can't help looking back fondly at the memory of it.
May 18, 2001
The movie has so much heart that the poor overworked organ explodes in every scene.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 18, 2001
Bizarre and compelling Moulin Rouge has something to please and offend almost everyone.
May 17, 2001
A postmodern fantasia guaranteed to polarize its audience into believers and non-believers -- though it's impossible to come away feeling like you've ever seen anything quite like it.
May 17, 2001
You can go with it or resist it, be exhilarated or worn out. But forgetting the experience is not one of your options.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 17, 2001
Consistently witty and entertaining.
May 17, 2001
It slashes through the distance that so many of us feel toward musicals.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
May 10, 2001
I left Moulin Rouge feeling something, all right: I felt mauled.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5