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Cabaret Reviews

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 7, 2013
It's an all-time masterpiece, mercurial and timeless. I am changed every time I see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 8, 2013
Cabaret is in some respects a typical feel-good musical, yet it's also so much deeper than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sierra Filucci
Common Sense Media
January 4, 2010
Influential '70s musical features sex and mature themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
August 12, 2008
Bob Fosse's direction is as chaotic as it was in his previous Sweet Charity, a desperate scramble after a style.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 20, 2008
simply masterful in every way
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
October 25, 2007
A great classic film.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 27, 2007
Whatever this 1972 feature is, it's entertaining and stylish, though maybe not quite as serious as it wants to be.
Emanuel Levy
January 11, 2007
After a decade of stagnant musicals, Bob Fosse reenergizes the genre with a dazzling, intelligent, and socially conscious musical more reflective of the zeitgeist of the 1970s--Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey are brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Time Out
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.
Edward Douglas
August 24, 2005
The classic musical..much better than Chicago
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
...the context of Germany on the eve of the Nazi ascent to power makes the entire musical into an unforgettable cry of despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Chilling Fosse vision of Weimar Berlin, stylishly directed and choreographed, featuring a show-stopping musical performance by Minnelli, Grey's unforgettable emcee and thoughtful acting from Michael York.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Roger Greenspun
New York Times
May 21, 2003
Everybody in Cabaret is very fine, and meticulously chosen for type, down to the last weary transvestite and to the least of the bland, blond open-faced Nazis in the background.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 1, 2002
Seems less fresh now, but still powerful.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
One of the few classic musicals that truly do stand the test of time.
| Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
July 11, 2002
This viscerally powerful, deliriously inspired musical stands the test of time, and then some.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 25, 2002
Although its political pretensions are often forced, the film's energy, musical set-pieces and performances still enthral, especially Grey's depiction of a grotesque cabaret emcee. 'Money', his duet with Minnelli, is a show-stopper.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jamie Russell
June 10, 2002
All are guaranteed to leave Sally Bowles' words ringing in your ears as the credits roll: 'Divine decadence, darling!'
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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