The Dancer Upstairs Reviews
July 19, 2018
With a clever Graham-Greene-esque script, choice acting by the whole ensemble (especially Bardem), fine music by Alberto Iglesias, and the strong directorial control of Malkovich, the film zips along.
December 6, 2014
The Dancer Upstairs is intelligently scripted, beautifully photographed, nicely paced and well-acted.
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.
December 6, 2005
April 25, 2004
Em sua estréia na direção, Malkovich conduz a história com segurança e sem exibicionismo, enquanto Bardem oferece mais uma grande atuação.
March 3, 2004
'Shakespeare retooled his novel for the screen adaptation ... It is Malkovich who reinjects the mystery, along with a little magic.'
July 16, 2003
July 7, 2003
June 25, 2003
Filled with tension and a genuine air of uncertainty, Malkovich has delivered a truly riveting film.
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.
June 11, 2003
One of the most chilling political thrillers in years.
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.
May 28, 2003
Suddenly, the film's contrivances make sense and its shortcomings are nearly made up for in a final, haunting sequence.
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.
May 26, 2003
Just the type of carefully wrought, somewhat chilly, rather pretentious and extremely intelligent effort one would expect from Malkovich.