The Dancer Upstairs Reviews

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May 16, 2003
Bardem's performance lingers in ways that give the movie resonance.
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.
May 15, 2003
Delivers a haunting story of crime and passion.
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.
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 11, 2003
[A] stunning exploration of passion and delusion.
May 9, 2003
A slow-burning affair that may seem exotic but mainly crawls from cliche to cliche.
May 9, 2003
It's not a great film, but in its reckless audacity ... it's reassuring. Someone's still willing to take a big chance.
May 9, 2003
The film may strike some viewers as slow-paced -- it certainly struck me that way, at least some of the time -- but it's a pleasure seeing actors, particularly Bardem, given time to breathe.
May 9, 2003
An adult piece of work, made up mainly of quiet, emotional scenes and detailed performances.
May 9, 2003
Wonderfully located but sometimes remote film.
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
Far from perfect but completely unique, the film could best be described as a paranoid South American metaphysical political thriller -- you heard me -- and whatever its failures, they're not ones of nerve or imagination.
May 9, 2003
Malkovich turns out a murky, listless and eventually pointless film. His attempt at atmosphere dwarfs the barren narrative.
May 9, 2003
The Dancer Upstairs is highly recommend this for any film viewers willing to give a script time to unfold.
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.
May 9, 2003
The story survives the translation--from grisly fact to compelling literature to big-screen thriller of the kind Graham Greene might have approved.
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