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All That Jazz Reviews

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
August 4, 2015
By the time the film is over, the movie has degenerated with a jaundiced vengeance. Fosse's sour, grandstanding cynicism imposed an intolerable burden of self-pity on his talent, our compassion and the tradition of the backstage musical.
J.C. Mašek III
October 9, 2014
Fosse fans, Broadway fans, and those fascinated with film will find quite a lot to admire, however, those expecting a fun musical romp will need to inquire elsewhere and at some other time and place.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
September 8, 2014
All That Jazz is one of the most self-indulgent movies ever made-but blessedly so.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sarah Boslaugh
August 8, 2013
...were it not for the steady, understated presence of Roy Scheider as Fosse stand-in Joe Gideon, the whole thing might well do up in a burst of spontaneous combustion, spraying sequins and feather boas in all directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dan Jardine
July 22, 2010
All That Jazz is a speed freak of a movie, flying by at breakneck pace, then screeching to a halt so the protagonist can indulge in some serious ruminations on death
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
August 12, 2008
Savagely witty on backstage life and audaciously edited.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
August 12, 2008
Though Scheider is a wry, sensitive actor, he soon gets lost in the vulgar theatrics.

TV Guide
August 12, 2008
The dancing is frenzied, the dialogue piercing, the photography superb, and the acting first-rate, with non-showman Scheider an illustrious example of casting against type.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 12, 2008
Almost every scene is excruciating (and a few are appalling), yet the film stirs an obscene fascination with its rapid, speed-freak cutting and passionate psychological striptease.
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Variety Staff
June 18, 2008
A self-important, egomaniacal, wonderfully choreographed, often compelling film which portrays the energetic life, and preoccupation with death, of a director-choreographer.
Cole Smithey
October 13, 2007
Ain't Jazz dance grand when you're dyin' ?
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
February 28, 2007
Self-reflexive, narcissistic, and entertaining, this film is Fosse's 81/2 (he even uses Fellini's cinemtographer Rotunno). High production values and superb acting by Roy Scheider as the artist's alter-ego makes this morbid musical Fosse's best work.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's very pleased with itself.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Some of it makes you wince, but a lot of it is great fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
February 5, 2004
The magnificent Fosse touch at its best.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 29, 2004
All That Jazz compels us to deal emotionally with our own death and the values which give meaing to our lives.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
August 28, 2003
All That Jazz may be Fosse's finest cinematic achievement.
Chris Barsanti
August 18, 2003
Narcissistic and self-indulgent to a fault, it's also like nothing you've ever seen before and probably never will again.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 26, 2003
Flawed but dazzling masterpiece with a stunning performance by Roy Scheider.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Spyder Darling
NY Rock
January 29, 2003
Fosse gets his kicks (and so will you) directing his own boffo bio flick.
| Original Score: 4/5
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