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Pina Reviews

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Jordan Levin
Miami Herald
February 16, 2012
Watching Pina is like being inside one of Bausch's surreal pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Caroline Palmer
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 15, 2012
A remarkable -- and likely enduring -- tribute to an artist committed to creating dance theater drawn from humanity's deepest physical and emotional reserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 10, 2012
"Pina" isn't just for dance fans or those curious about the latest in 3-D. It's a celebration of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 9, 2012
A unique and often sublime artistic experience, "Pina" is a 3-D dance film that immerses us in the movement, letting us feel that we could reach out and touch these dancers as they float past us.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
February 9, 2012
For anyone with an interest in dance, "Pina" is a must-see. For anyone not interested in contemporary dance, "Pina" is a should-see. It could change your mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 3, 2012
Pina is a tribute of an artist by an artist, a friend to a friend. But its great genius comes from the mournful, as well as celebratory, reckoning of the performers Bausch pushed, collaborated with and inspired.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
February 3, 2012
What might seem like a convenient bid for publicity - the first 3-D art-house film! - turns out to be the only logical way to showcase the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 26, 2012
This meditation on movement and space, transportation and transcendence is not to be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 19, 2012
What the filmmaker has created is an inspired simulacrum - a jewel-box that contains more of Bausch's kinetic soul than film has any right to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 19, 2012
Crane and steadycam allow Wenders to get so close to the action that in the minimalist Café Müller, one's illusion of being on stage is uncanny.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 19, 2012
"Pina"is the best possible tribute to Bausch, and to adventurous image-making.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 19, 2012
I watched the film in a sort of reverie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
January 13, 2012
An exhilarating experience, both in its celebration of Bausch's groundbreaking work and in the thrilling way that Wenders captures it on camera.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 12, 2012
Whether you're familiar with Pina Bausch's work or not, the new film "Pina" is a knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 4, 2012
So this is what 3-D is capable of when used for art rather than the commerce of hiking ticket prices and repurposing cartoons!
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 29, 2011
Pina is, in every way, a moving experience.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 23, 2011
It should appeal to dance mavens, and to folks who have no idea what a pas de deux is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 22, 2011
The power and intelligence of Bausch's approach, which at times seems more cerebral than sensual, is communicated.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 22, 2011
An intimate and ravishingly filmed tribute to German dancer Pina Bausch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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December 22, 2011
A movie that does more than demolish the invisible wall between film and dance; it breaks the barrier that intervenes, even at a live performance, between seat and stage.
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
December 22, 2011
We are among these dancers in their pain and joy and longing. We hear them breathe, feel the heat of their skin, smell their sweat, sense the pounding of their hearts, the ache in their thighs and feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
December 21, 2011
A tribute to Pina Bausch, one of modern dance's most groundbreaking choreographers, pic lets the artist's work speak for itself via big, juicy slabs of performance.
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
December 21, 2011
Wim Wenders' stylish 3D mirrors the bizarrely captivating world of choreographer Pina Bausch.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 20, 2011
Pina belongs in the rare category of adventurous material matched with a thrillingly immersive form -- suck it, Avatar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
December 20, 2011
Pina gives us the supreme pleasure of watching fascinating bodies of widely varying ages in motion, whether leaping, falling, catching, diving, grieving, or exulting.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
December 13, 2011
The question is, What do you get from Pina that you could not get from watching the Tanztheater live? Answer: More than you could possibly believe.
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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail
September 13, 2011
Using 3-D in as ungimmicky a way as possible, Wenders wants simply to immerse viewers in the dance, with all its physicality, protruding collar bones and earthy colours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 9, 2011
Pina is ... a marvel, with Wenders making at-times-visionary use of the 3D technology, treating the frame like a stage with multiple planes of action.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 9, 2011
Combines a haunting elegy for the avant-garde choreographer Pina Bausch with a wondrously surreal evocation of her work.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 20, 2011
The beauty of Wenders's film is that his imagery and gaze on Bausch's work has the same essential, uncluttered and wryly funny quality as the work itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5