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Dance, Girl, Dance Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
May 30, 2016
Arzner films it with fascination and enthusiasm, and the choreography is marked by the point of view of the spectators and the dancers' awareness that they're being watched.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 28, 2015
The themes are female friendship and a woman's fulfillment, and it is one of Arzner's most coherent and accomplished films.
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Paul Taylor
Time Out
September 28, 2015
Arzner's internal critique of Hollywood ideology (woman as silent object of male scrutiny). It works within the confines of a stock vaudevillian golddiggers comedy-drama.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
September 28, 2015
Dance, Girl, Dance is just a cliché-ridden, garbled repetition of the story of the aches and pains in a dancer's rise to fame and fortune.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 28, 2015
Without rising out of the cinematically conventional, the movie's self-reflexivity continually questions the gaze of the camera.
Louise Cole
Senses of Cinema
September 28, 2015
This jaunty RKO musical... was directed by Dorothy Arzner, and has been reclaimed over the years as a film of relevance to the feminist movement.
Robin Karney
Radio Times
September 28, 2015
Pioneering female director Dorothy Arzner, who took over at short notice after filming commenced, does her best with an inadequate script and a miscast O'Hara; she manages to bring the film to life from time to time -- usually when Ball is on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 27, 2008
As a piece of Hollywood history, the film's worth seeing, but it's no unsung masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 28, 2007
Arguably Dorothy Arzner's most personal film, this chronicle of female friendship is an anomaly: a feminist film made before feminism existed, directed by Hollywood's only female director, and a buddy picture before the genre was invented.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dan Callahan
ToxicUniverse.com
January 31, 2005
Dorothy Arzner's best film, Dance, Girl, Dance, spotlights women's inner worlds.
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