The Dancer Upstairs Reviews

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December 6, 2005
September 30, 2005
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.
September 24, 2003
A bit like an adolescent - desperate to be taken seriously, yet still self-consciously goofy and immature.
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.
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.
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.
May 26, 2003
The story meanders weakly around the main plot and is only reined in by Bardem's strong and cunning performance.
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.
May 23, 2003
Malkovich was the wrong choice of director. Nothing here has the punch it deserves.
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.
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.
May 15, 2003
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.
May 11, 2003
It's a wishy-washy picture; Malkovich should have whole-heartedly embraced either the politics or the pulp.
May 9, 2003
A slow-burning affair that may seem exotic but mainly crawls from cliche to cliche.
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 9, 2003
Malkovich turns out a murky, listless and eventually pointless film. His attempt at atmosphere dwarfs the barren narrative.
May 9, 2003
It doesn't have anything new or hopeful to say about Latin America's endless cycle of revolution and repression, and the whole thing finally gets bogged down.
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