The Dancer Upstairs Reviews

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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 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
The story meanders weakly around the main plot and is only reined in by Bardem's strong and cunning performance.
May 26, 2003
Just the type of carefully wrought, somewhat chilly, rather pretentious and extremely intelligent effort one would expect from Malkovich.
May 24, 2003
May 23, 2003
A haunting and deliberate, complex and occasionally convoluted dance between fanaticism and stoicism.
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 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
May 22, 2003
Malkovich...has managed to wrestle formidable source material onto the screen.
May 22, 2003
A thoughtful political thriller that has a lot to say about how terrorism works and fanaticism spreads.
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 16, 2003
While The Dancer Upstairs may have nothing else to remind us of [Malkovich], it does have a certain mystique itself.
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.
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.
May 16, 2003
Moving, melancholy, and, yes, political.
May 16, 2003
Reflects its director, being intelligent and elegantly turned-out but distant.
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