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Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet Reviews

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
May 12, 2003
Candid and comfortable; a film that deftly balances action and reflection as it lets you grasp and feel the passion others have for their work.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
May 9, 2003
Delivers roughly equal amounts of beautiful movement and inside information.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 8, 2003
A much better documentary -- more revealing, more emotional and more surprising -- than its pedestrian English title would have you believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
May 8, 2003
A thoughtful, reverent portrait of what is essentially a subculture, with its own rules regarding love and family, governance and hierarchy.
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Christine Temin
Boston Globe
January 10, 2003
This is art paying homage to art.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Luisa F. Ribeiro
Boxoffice Magazine
November 8, 2002
Part of the draw of dance is the impossibility to define its particular joy. Tavernier's film conveys a large element of its appeal -- and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 7, 2002
A fascinating glimpse into an insular world that gives the lie to many clichés and showcases a group of dedicated artists.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Zimmer
Village Voice
November 5, 2002
Among the many pleasures are the lively intelligence of the artists and their perceptiveness about their own situations.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 20, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Octavio Roca
San Francisco Chronicle
February 24, 2003
There are touching moments in Etoiles, but for the most part this is a dull, dour documentary on what ought to be a joyful or at least fascinating subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 3, 2002
It jumps around with little logic or continuity, presenting backstage bytes of information that never amount to a satisfying complete picture of this particular, anciently demanding métier.
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Clive Barnes
New York Post
November 8, 2002
Muddled, simplistic and more than a little pretentious.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 7, 2002
Like leafing through an album of photos accompanied by the sketchiest of captions.
| Original Score: 2/5
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