Boogie Woogie


Boogie Woogie

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A star-studded comedy of manners set against the backdrop of contemporary London and the international art scene, "Boogie Woogie" casts an eye over the appetites and morality of some of its major players. Dealers, collectors, artists, wannabees vie with each other in a world in which success and downfall rest on a thin edge.


Gillian Anderson
as Jean Maclestone
Heather Graham
as Beth Freemantle
Danny Houston
as Art Spindle
Jack Huston
as Jo Richards
Christopher Lee
as Alfred Rhinegold
Joanna Lumley
as Alfreda Rhinegold
Simon McBurney
as Robert Friegn
Amanda Seyfried
as Paige Oppenheimer
Stellan Skarsgard
as Bob Maclestone
Alfie Allen
as Photographer
Gemma Atkinson
as Charlotte Bailey
Michael Culkin
as Beth's Father
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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (16)

  • Boogie Woogie delivers little more than a lukewarm spoof.

    Jul 6, 2010
  • [The film's characters] are so repellent that almost everyone outside the movie's fetid hothouse will want to flee to fresher air.

    Apr 23, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • Goes over the top now and then, but overall it's a lot of nasty fun.

    Apr 23, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The cast of superficial backstabbers, casual philanderers, and gibberish-spouting phonies has no original characters, but at least a few of the actors attack their roles with a zest that offsets their two-dimensionality.

    Apr 22, 2010 | Rating: B-

    Sam Adams

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The plodding direction, pedestrian cinematography and second-rate script prevent a good cast doing more than help the story along.

    Apr 22, 2010 | Rating: 1/5
  • A tepid spoof that only occasionally evokes a reluctant smile.

    Apr 21, 2010

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Boogie Woogie

  • Jan 19, 2013
    Disposible comedy supposedly about the upper echelons of the art world aesthetic, where what everyone really wants is the most expensive painting, and maybe to sleep with the wife of whoever owns it, or her close friend, or her dog walker. It's like a oversimplification of joke: everything's lost. Needs remodeling.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2011
    In "Boogie Woogie," Mrs. Rhinegold(Joanna Lumley) is trying to sell off their priceless art collection to pay mounting debts, even over her husband's(Christopher Lee) strenuous objections. Regardless, Art Spindle(Danny Huston, somehow more unctuous than usual) has a buyer in the persons of Jean(Gillian Anderson) and Bob Maclestone(Stellan Skarsgard), avid art collectors. In other news, Art's assistant Beth(Heather Graham) is looking to strike out on her own while shopping for a new pair of breasts. To its credit, "Boogie Woogie" does not take the low road with yet another facile send up of the art world. In fact, it has a couple of things to say about turning yourself into a work of art and the soullessness of selling art works. Sadly, that same lack of emotion spills over to the movie in general, making it a slow motion wreck where a surfeit of barely related characters collide into each other without creating any sparks. Even an excellent cast(Charlotte Rampling is around here somewhere) needs something to work with. Tomorrow, there will be a lesson on how to properly utilize an excellent cast in a movie, so take notes. There will be a quiz later.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2011
    Wow, talk about a movie with an incurable identity crisis. I have no idea what tone director Duncan Ward wanted to take, it seems he thought he'd try them all in case something stuck. Nothing did, unless 'fail' is a genre.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2011
    Average. It started out very bad - over the top hammy acting, very unconvincing and just all round bad. Thankfully it does pick up a little, and it has a good cast including Amanda Seyfried, Heather Graham, Gillian Anderson and Alan Cumming. Can't say I loved it,and they could all do much better than this movie, but it was worth at least one watch. I think.... To be honest, I am not sure what they were trying to do with this. Was it meant to be funny or clever or maybe just titilating.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer

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