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Jennifer Merin
June 27, 2009
Deirdre Timmons' empowering "A Wink And A Smile" follows ten Seattle women -- a homemaker, doctor, singer, taxidermist, student and others -- as they venture forth to self discovery by learning striptease and integrating the spirit of burlesque into their
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 14, 2009
Elegantly shot...and nicely paced, A Wink and a Smile is most appealing in its depiction of the growing camaraderie of the students.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
May 1, 2009
What Wink and a Smile lacks in controversy and provocative material it makes up with pro-women themes and humanistic storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ronnie Scheib
April 30, 2009
Highly entertaining docu A Wink and a Smile provides an eye-opening lesson in the theory and practice of stripping.
Linnea Covington
New York Press
April 29, 2009
In Deirdre Allen Timmons' A Wink and a Smile, she delves into the making of a sexy performer by infiltrating Miss Indigo Blue's Academy of Burlesque in Seattle.
Kam Williams
April 29, 2009
Hurray to these lovely ladies for summoning up the courage to serve up an evening's worth of genuinely erotic, yet somehow simultaneously wholesome, adult entertainment. But enough is enough. I just pray none of them are tempted to quit their day jobs."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Stan Hall
May 8, 2009
These would be fascinating people to interview, but unfortunately the focus instead is on the more mundane concerns of the students, whose graduating performances are puzzlingly shown only in glimpses.
Cole Smithey
May 5, 2009
The filmmaker's inability to master the form that the film is clearly set up to fulfill, leaves the audience feeling cheated out of a promised warts-and-all payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 1, 2009
The movie is an excruciating documentary about ordinary women taking a burlesque class in Seattle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
May 1, 2009
Just as burlesque loses most of its oomph when put on video -- no art is more dependent on the intimacy of live performance -- self-esteem trips are less compelling to hear about than to experience firsthand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Daniel Eagan
Hollywood Reporter
May 1, 2009
Skin-deep look at students in a Seattle school for stripping.
Paul Brenner
April 30, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Raven Snook
Time Out Chicago
April 30, 2009
Timmons shortchanges them by failing to show any of the graduating acts in their entirety. Talk about a strip-tease.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 29, 2009
A Wink and a Smile struck me as 90 minutes of narcissism with a hyper-feminist slant, and no erotic charge whatsoever.
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
April 28, 2009
The tension between wanting to root for these women and ultimately being faced with what you're rooting for goes completely unresolved.
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