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April 29, 2003
Little other than the love story subplot to energize the proceedings, many viewers will find that, for all its grace, The Dancer Upstairs moves too slowly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 30, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 15, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
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.
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 6, 2003
The core investigation offers little urgency and a less-than-satisfying payoff.
| Original Score: 2/4
May 7, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
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
April 29, 2003
Initially engrossing, The Dancer Upstairs slackens in its second half.
May 2, 2003
It's sober, deliberate, self-consciously mysterious and no fun at all.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 9, 2003
A slow-burning affair that may seem exotic but mainly crawls from cliche to cliche.
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 8, 2003
Atmospheric but dramatically murky, a mood in search of a story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 2, 2003
Though Malkovich does a nice job in establishing the look and feel of this country, his lack of restraint in trimming the story's excesses is what ultimately turns the film into an overlong bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 7, 2003
...painstakingly vague even during the rare scenes it isn't teetering on incoherence--I'm not certain the movie isn't awful. Yet I don't think I'd mind seeing it again.
May 9, 2003
A murky, turgid work that is no doubt exactly the film Malkovich wished to make but is so indirect and affected as to border on incoherent.
May 2, 2003
Squanders the intensity of its strongest moments by running away from its own political implications, not to mention by being in the wrong damn language.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 18, 2003
Feels less tantalizingly ambiguous than it does like a prologue that has somehow taken the place of the story that was meant to succeed it.
May 8, 2003
I could feel that this movie was almost a smashing success, that it could have been terrific with just a few tweaks here and there.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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