The Dancer Upstairs Reviews

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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.
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 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.
May 16, 2003
Bardem's performance lingers in ways that give the movie resonance.
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 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
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 8, 2003
An elegant and intelligent drama.
May 8, 2003
Smart, upmarket entertainment.
May 8, 2003
From this tangled web, Malkovich weaves something delicate and devastating.
May 8, 2003
Atmospheric but dramatically murky, a mood in search of a story.
May 7, 2003
It is really quite wonderful, in the age of hyperkinetic thrillers, to encounter a movie that takes the time to record the play of thought and emotion in its characters, to let their conflicts develop in a natural and unforced way.
May 5, 2003
... a terrific film.
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