Desert Dancer Reviews

March 14, 2019
On a grand scale, Ghaffarian's story of putting his life on the line to create art is poignant and inspirational. It's a stirring reminder of art's true vitality.
January 2, 2017
With robotic depictions of Iran's 'morality police', the political subtext is strictly one-dimensional. But with ace choreographer Akram Khan on board, the dancing is powerful.
August 7, 2016
Raymond might sometimes hit his beats too hard but he does keep his eye on the bigger picture.
May 20, 2016
Characters' brief moments of freedom are stirringly depicted in Richard Raymond's based-on-fact bio-picture, Desert Dancer.
April 15, 2015
The characters are thin and the villains are one-note, but one gets worked up anyway, much as one gets played by a solid romance - or a dance movie.
April 10, 2015
In his feature film debut, director Richard Raymond keeps the story moving despite some dramatic cliches.
April 9, 2015
"Desert Dancer" does manage to movingly convey the chilling, ultimately triumphant experience of Ghaffarian's struggle for creative expression under a regime that tried to crush it.
April 9, 2015
Desert Dancer is blessed by a powerful sincerity.
April 9, 2015
Movies about people trying to start dance companies tend to be as formulaic as sports movies, but "Desert Dancer" escapes the usual drawbacks - corniness and bad dancing - by the urgency of the context.
April 9, 2015
The interpretative dance is the most passionate thing in this true story of Iranian oppression
April 8, 2015
"Desert Dancer" is a conventional protest drama, but it offers many magic moments - especially when co-stars Freida Pinto and Reece Ritchie perform sinuous routines. Or simply gaze into each other's eyes.
April 8, 2015
A little gem that sparkles brightly as it celebrates not just dance but unshackled, uncensored creative expression.
April 8, 2015
A must-see biopic poignantly illustrating the indomitability of the human spirit, even in the most oppressive of circumstances.
April 7, 2015
The film plays too safe with its narrative. Fortunately, like its characters, it's most daring when it's in motion.