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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Kenneth LaFave
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 5, 2004
It neither adores nor disapproves of its players, which leaves the moviegoer a little clueless, and unmoved.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 31, 2004
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 30, 2004
A love letter to performers who put their egos and bodies on the line.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 23, 2004
It's a joy to watch these colorful characters, and their exacting, physically demanding dances, from a leisured distance.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 23, 2004
In straining to mix the real story of ballet's demands with a romance, The Company fails to capture our imaginations.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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January 22, 2004
This is an absolutely miraculous movie.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 16, 2004
A loving tribute to artists, and to art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
January 16, 2004
Lacks what could kindly be called coherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 16, 2004
The dances are beautiful, and the way the dancers live and interact have the ring of truth.
| Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 16, 2004
Feels like a documentary that's missing the surprises of real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Anita Amirrezvani
San Jose Mercury News
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.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 9, 2004
Altman, showing the ardor and assurance of a master, pulls us into his film with seductive power.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 8, 2004
Watching it, I felt by turns engrossed, detached, dazzled, bored, curious, enlightened, and moved.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 26, 2003
Dancers are injured and affairs are begun, but no drama ever arises.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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
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John Anderson
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 23, 2003
The film achieves that poetry of motion and lyrical delight musical films always strive for but rarely capture.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 23, 2003
Altman takes an elegant, appealingly unemphatic look at the world of ballet.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 23, 2003
Essentially a doodle interrupted by nouveau ballet performances, the entire contraption assembled to please the ego of Neve Campbell.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 22, 2003
It's a beautiful tribute to the Joffrey Ballet.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 7, 2003
Utterly transfixing, a pure and heartfelt ode to artistic expression and the creative process.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2003
A wonderfully vivid and engaging theatrical experience.