Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan Reviews

January 30, 2019
It is impossible not to root for this woman as she struggles to heal her body, go out on a high note, and discuss all the intimacies of her profession.
December 19, 2017
It is a powerful and moving documentary about one artist choosing to rise above the seemingly insurmountable obstacles placed upon her by age, injury, and ballet itself.
August 29, 2017
The documentary Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan speaks not only to fans of ballet and elite athletes, but also to everyone captivated by determination, self-awareness, and a commitment to pursuing what they love in life, despite serious setbacks.
July 27, 2017
The film offers a trove of insights into the world of dance, including many glimpses of famed choreographers and fellow performers, and reveals a performer as remarkable for her warmth and candor as for her singular artistry.
July 25, 2017
"Restless Creature" isn't a mere celebration of a great artist; it's a moving portrait of what happens when that artist confronts the possibility of not being able to make that art any more.
July 21, 2017
The way the ineffable Whelan still moves onstage is not entirely human -- but the courage and spirit she brings to a difficult transition is completely relatable.
June 29, 2017
Brava! Nicely done!
June 16, 2017
Seeing Whelan move with grace and elegance across the stage is as much storytelling as you need, but this all access documentary paints a full portrait and explains her importance in the field.
June 15, 2017
What little dancing we do see is lovely to watch, but it's also lovely to see a performer who once seemed to have an iron grip on the barre finally learn how to be gracious and let go.
June 8, 2017
An intimate and engaging chronicle of her final months with the New York City Ballet.
June 8, 2017
Compelling and beautifully crafted ...
May 26, 2017
A magical documentary about a prima ballerina in New York City and the challenges she faces at age 46.
May 25, 2017
While acknowledging some missteps (such as jumping into a strenuous project too soon after surgery), Saffire and Schlesinger exhibit Whelan's grace in dance and in life.
May 23, 2017
Her disarming combination of humility and honesty, making light of heavy emotions without concealing their true weight, has much to do with how this affecting film portrait can sneak up on you.
May 23, 2017
Ballet connoisseurs will find Restless Creature captivating, yet the uninitiated need not shy away from it.
May 22, 2017
The film assembles a full-bodied appreciation of her contribution to the art and the profound respect she commands within the field.
May 22, 2017
It's that intimacy that makes Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan an artist documentary that will play movingly -- inspiringly, even -- for those who aren't already fans.