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The Dancer Upstairs Reviews

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May 23, 2003
Malkovich was the wrong choice of director. Nothing here has the punch it deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 23, 2003
Intertwines the genres of romance and thriller like a double helix, and the sensitive and crafty Malkovich never cheats one strand for the other
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 22, 2003
Malkovich...has managed to wrestle formidable source material onto the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2003
A thoughtful political thriller that has a lot to say about how terrorism works and fanaticism spreads.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2003
Falters in small but important ways ... while Malkovich stays resolutely behind the camera, a consummate professional who, this time, misses his mark by the merest of degrees.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 17, 2003
Bardem's character, police detective Agustin Rejas, is Malkovich's attempt to place high minded dedication, intelligence and sensitivity into a system sustained by corruption, greed and unfettered power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 16, 2003
While The Dancer Upstairs may have nothing else to remind us of [Malkovich], it does have a certain mystique itself.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2003
It thrives on the hush before the explosion instead of its aftermath, and it's that eerie sense of expectation that gives the film its thick aura of suspense.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2003
It is not revolutionary, but it brims with promise and a love of film, and is a fine if worried dance indeed.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 16, 2003
Moving, melancholy, and, yes, political.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 16, 2003
Reflects its director, being intelligent and elegantly turned-out but distant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2003
Bardem's performance lingers in ways that give the movie resonance.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 16, 2003
Dramatic-thriller mix of the personal and the political makes John Malkovich's directorial debut good; Xavier Bardem's performance makes it great.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 15, 2003
Delivers a haunting story of crime and passion.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 15, 2003
A welcome throwback to a time when political thrillers relied more on character and tone than on car chases and gun battles.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 13, 2003
Adapted by Nicholas Shakespeare from his own novel, the screen version is a muddled mess of nutty political shenanigans, murky thought processes and a doomed love story.
May 12, 2003
Nicholas Shakespeare's script (from his own novel) is limp and cursory, and the plot, being a foregone conclusion, lacks suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 11, 2003
It's a wishy-washy picture; Malkovich should have whole-heartedly embraced either the politics or the pulp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 11, 2003
[A] stunning exploration of passion and delusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 9, 2003
A slow-burning affair that may seem exotic but mainly crawls from cliche to cliche.
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