Desert Dancer Reviews

Page 2 of 3
April 10, 2015
Its depiction of the internal tensions in Iranian politics and culture is not what you'd call super-nuanced, but it is sympathetic to Iran as an entity.
April 10, 2015
Unsurprisingly, dancing is the highlight of "Desert Dancer," but it hardly receives the attention it deserves.
April 10, 2015
As impressive as its dance sequences may be, Desert Dancer cannot overcome an intellectually lazy script that's as subtle as an eye-high leg kick.
April 9, 2015
Desert Dancer is the dramatization of a life story that rarely doesn't feel like a dramatization.
April 9, 2015
Reece Ritchie brings heart to the lead role, particularly in the decisive solo performance that caps the film. But that sequence is as expressive and alive as the rest of the supposedly movement-loving drama is static.
April 9, 2015
"Desert Dancer" explores fascinating aspects of present-day Iran but suffers mightily from simplistic and sentimental tendencies.
April 9, 2015
It's all over the place. All these are fine places to be when it comes to movies. It's just exhausting to try to be in all of them at once.
April 9, 2015
Raymond's diffuse direction is so old-school, made-for-cable-TV that it blunts the drama and never turns up the heat beyond tepid.
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
Favors simple and tame to detailed and credible.
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 9, 2015
Reduces a politically-charged tale of artistic triumph in the face of oppression to a series of bland platitudes that wouldn't be out of place on an inspirational poster on the wall of a guidance counselor's office.
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
Desert Dancer too often lapses into generic cinematic clichs, failing to live up to the dramatic potential of its subject matter.
April 8, 2015
Richard Raymond's feature debut never overcomes a sluggish solemnity, the film's political points dulled by performances from Freida Pinto and Reece Ritchie which overvalue glum earnestness.
April 8, 2015
As with so many "extraordinary" true stories, British director Richard Raymond's debut feature leaves you craving more truth and less canned inspirationalism.
April 8, 2015
The script by Jon Croker is a thin assemblage of clichés, with characterizations that are uniformly skin-deep.
April 8, 2015
A little gem that sparkles brightly as it celebrates not just dance but unshackled, uncensored creative expression.
Page 2 of 3