Cabaret Reviews

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September 18, 2020
I was an instant convert to Fosse's Cabaret: it was and is nothing but the movie for me. It concentrates Fosse's interest in stories about style-its power to define and transform, to dominate and subdue.
August 27, 2020
The main characters' inebriated antics never seem to amount to anything potent or moving or simply involving.
July 16, 2020
The bright, manic glee is countered by small moments of stunning brutality, moments that increase in frequency, size, and viciousness as the film progresses.
June 12, 2020
Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey are electrifying; director Bob Fosse's choreography and the camera work are scintillating.
June 12, 2020
If brash Minnelli seems a mite too talented for the Sally Bowles character, it really doesn't matter: she is, quite simply, magnificent in this role.
September 29, 2019
Cabaret (1972) is director/choreographer Bob Fosse's defining, decadent, award-winning musical which popularized the phrase: "Life is a Cabaret." It was only Fosse's second film, but won numerous accolades...
January 10, 2018
The Bowles cycle is a gruesomely instructive guide to our worst show biz conventions.
August 19, 2017
A truly great movie adapted from truly great source material, but it achieves most of its greatness by thoroughly gutting and re-imagining that source.
August 15, 2017
"The Nazi musical," as star Liza Minnelli glibly put it, has felt pertinent for a long time.
June 7, 2013
It's an all-time masterpiece, mercurial and timeless. I am changed every time I see it.
February 8, 2013
Cabaret is in some respects a typical feel-good musical, yet it's also so much deeper than that.
January 4, 2010
Influential '70s musical features sex and mature themes.
July 22, 2009
Let's just say it: the best thing going in director Bob Fosse's tour de force is Joel Grey. As the Master of Ceremonies at the infamous Berlin Kit-Kat club, Grey steals every scene he's in and makes us hope for more.
August 12, 2008
Bob Fosse's direction is as chaotic as it was in his previous Sweet Charity, a desperate scramble after a style.
April 20, 2008
simply masterful in every way
October 25, 2007
A great classic film.
June 27, 2007
The screenplay, which never seems to talk down to an audience while at the same time making its candid points with tasteful emphasis, returns the story to a variety of settings.
June 27, 2007
Whatever this 1972 feature is, it's entertaining and stylish, though maybe not quite as serious as it wants to be.
January 11, 2007
After a decade of stagnant musicals, Fosse reenergized the genre with a dazzling, socially conscious musical, which was more reflective of the 1970s zeitgeist than the Nazi era. Liza Minnelli is brilliant in what's the best role of her career.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Superbly choreographed by Fosse, the cabaret numbers evoke the Berlin of 1931 - city of gaiety and perversion, of champagne and Nazi propaganda - so vividly that only an idiot could fail to perceive that something is rotten in the state of Weimar.
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