Dancer (2016)


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Ukrainian-born "bad boy of ballet" Sergei Polunin became the Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But two years later - at the height of his success - he walked away from it all, resolving to give up dance entirely. Steven Cantor's Dancer tracks the life of this iconoclastic virtuoso, from his prodigal beginnings in the Ukraine to his awe-inspiring performances in the U.K., Russia, and eventually the U.S., where he went viral after David LaChapelle filmed him dancing to Hozier's "Take Me to Church." Yet beyond celebrating the raw talent and wild ambition of Polunin, whose sights are now set on Hollywood, Dancer considers how wealth and success may not be enough when it comes to finding personal and professional identity.

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While there's plenty of footage of Polunin executing multiple pirouettes and twisting acrobatically through the air, real ballet fans will lament the lack of evidence of emotion and artistry in his dancing.

Feb 10, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

I gasped, more than once.

Oct 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Llike Amy, Asif Kapadia's profile of singer Amy Winehouse, the movie shows a young person being dragged into adulthood by his own outsize talent.

Oct 20, 2016 | Full Review…

One's appreciation of this regulation cable biodoc hinges on one's interest in the subject matter, not the medium.

Oct 5, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Mr. Polunin's suffering may be on display, but too little of his artistry.

Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…

If rags-to-riches-to-rags tales like this one appeal to you, go watch Polunin, not this clip-job of a movie, and draw your own conclusions.

Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…

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