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The Dancer Upstairs Reviews

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Philip Kerr
New Statesman
December 6, 2014
The Dancer Upstairs is intelligently scripted, beautifully photographed, nicely paced and well-acted.
Emanuel Levy
June 9, 2006
Though flawed and listless as a political drama or thriller, Malkovich's feature debut deserves credit for itis ambition and for tackling an overtly political theme (guerrilla wars in Peru), a rare sight in today's indie milieu.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 25, 2004
Em sua estréia na direção, Malkovich conduz a história com segurança e sem exibicionismo, enquanto Bardem oferece mais uma grande atuação.
| Original Score: 4/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
March 3, 2004
'Shakespeare retooled his novel for the screen adaptation ... It is Malkovich who reinjects the mystery, along with a little magic.'
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
Malkovich's take on a world of corruption, intrigue and terrorism is elegantly mysterious, but...leaps in plot and missteps in character trip up The Dancer Upstairs.
Jurgen Fauth
October 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kurt Dahlke
Apollo Guide
September 24, 2003
A bit like an adolescent - desperate to be taken seriously, yet still self-consciously goofy and immature.
Full Review | Original Score: 70/100
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 7, 2003
Malkovich and Shakespeare seem content to linger over minor things, possibly to let the audience absorb them better but to the detriment of the movie's tempo.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 25, 2003
Filled with tension and a genuine air of uncertainty, Malkovich has delivered a truly riveting film.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
June 20, 2003
This is John Malkovich's directing debut, and it has elements we associate with his personality: puckishness, dark humor, questioning of authority, villains on all levels who can be charismatic.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
June 13, 2003
All the dots are there but Malkovich and Shakespeare (who adapted his book for the screen) are very stingy about providing the connecting lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 11, 2003
One of the most chilling political thrillers in years.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 30, 2003
As complicated and turtle-slow as any picture you're likely to see, and there's no emotional or intellectual payoff to reward the viewers who struggle to keep up.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 29, 2003
I'm not sure that I have ever seen a more compelling picture of sudden violence as is depicted here - Malkovich's approach is apt, since the film takes place in a world where terrorist acts are the order of the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
May 28, 2003
Suddenly, the film's contrivances make sense and its shortcomings are nearly made up for in a final, haunting sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 27, 2003
The screenplay [of "The Dancer Upstairs"] works more than it doesn't but there isn't the chemistry between the stars I would like to see.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 26, 2003
The story meanders weakly around the main plot and is only reined in by Bardem's strong and cunning performance.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 26, 2003
Just the type of carefully wrought, somewhat chilly, rather pretentious and extremely intelligent effort one would expect from Malkovich.
| Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 23, 2003
A haunting and deliberate, complex and occasionally convoluted dance between fanaticism and stoicism.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 23, 2003
The Dancer Upstairs is, like its director, sleek, mysterious and intelligent. But until its last-half hour or so, it is also, unfortunately, mind-numbing.
| Original Score: 2/5
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