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The Company Reviews

March 19, 2004
Altman ... whose intuition for placing the camera in just the right spot has always been impressive. In the dance scenes, it's flawless.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
February 26, 2004
Altman thrusts upon the audience the responsibility of connecting the dots. But the dots don't connect, and instead of the resolution that generally follows tension, there is a feeling of having missed something.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 5, 2004
It neither adores nor disapproves of its players, which leaves the moviegoer a little clueless, and unmoved.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 30, 2004
The measured pace of The Company could tax the patience of some, but the dancing is so well executed, and so energetic, that only the most dance-averse members of the audience would likely object.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 30, 2004
A love letter to performers who put their egos and bodies on the line.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 23, 2004
It's a joy to watch these colorful characters, and their exacting, physically demanding dances, from a leisured distance.
January 23, 2004
In straining to mix the real story of ballet's demands with a romance, The Company fails to capture our imaginations.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 22, 2004
This is an absolutely miraculous movie.
January 22, 2004
Altman is a master at blending ensemble casts ... but there's little he can do with these nondescript characters, who quickly blend into a faceless morass.
January 16, 2004
A loving tribute to artists, and to art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 16, 2004
Lacks what could kindly be called coherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 16, 2004
The dances are beautiful, and the way the dancers live and interact have the ring of truth.
Read More | Original Score: B
January 16, 2004
Feels like a documentary that's missing the surprises of real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 15, 2004
Even though the Joffrey, founded nearly 50 years ago, has powerful work in its repertory, the film emphasizes dance that is pretty and a touch vapid.
January 15, 2004
It gives you the opportunity to experience the daily lives of trained, very talented and temperamental performers. And it invites you to pull up a seat and watch them do what they do best.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 9, 2004
Altman, showing the ardor and assurance of a master, pulls us into his film with seductive power.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 8, 2004
Watching it, I felt by turns engrossed, detached, dazzled, bored, curious, enlightened, and moved.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 27, 2003
Robert Altman's surpassingly beautiful ballet movie feels lighter than air -- but in fact it's the great director's most tender and memorable film in years.
December 26, 2003
Dancers are injured and affairs are begun, but no drama ever arises.
December 26, 2003
Robert Altman's new film, which follows a Chicago-based dance troupe through a few months of its regular season, is enjoyably lithe and droll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 26, 2003
Why did it take me so long to see what was right there in front of my face -- that The Company is the closest that Robert Altman has come to making an autobiographical film?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 25, 2003
Altman's reverence for ballet, respect for the dancing life, and even his voyeuristic view of the ballerinas' bodies carry the viewer along effortlessly.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2003
Altman presents a fly-on-the-wall insight into the lives of a group of people whose public face is one of unadulterated grace and beauty - but whose private existence is as disorderly as anyone's.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2003
This is a dull, lifeless production that will find favor only with those with an insider's perspective or who feel compelled to praise the acclaimed director's every film, no matter how out-of-touch and pretentious it may be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 23, 2003
Fails to catch us up in the workaday intrigues of its characters (most of whom are played by real Joffrey dancers) the way Altman can when he's working in top form.
December 23, 2003
Makes the world of ballet, seen by so many as rarefied, accessible and exciting, a rigorous art that yields breathtaking results.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 23, 2003
The dancing is fantastic. We get glimpses of the ballet dancer's life, the extra jobs, the injuries, the sex, the noise, the heartbreak and the egos. But the drama in The Company is all in the legs and the feet.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 23, 2003
The film achieves that poetry of motion and lyrical delight musical films always strive for but rarely capture.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 23, 2003
Altman takes an elegant, appealingly unemphatic look at the world of ballet.
December 23, 2003
Essentially a doodle interrupted by nouveau ballet performances, the entire contraption assembled to please the ego of Neve Campbell.
December 22, 2003
It's a beautiful tribute to the Joffrey Ballet.
November 7, 2003
Utterly transfixing, a pure and heartfelt ode to artistic expression and the creative process.
September 10, 2003
A wonderfully vivid and engaging theatrical experience.