The White Crow

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The White Crow lacks the nimble grace of its subject, but as a reasonably diverting primer on a pivotal period in the life of a brilliant artist, it just about sticks the landing.



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Ralph Fiennes' THE WHITE CROW was inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanaugh. The drama charts the iconic dancer's famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him.


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  • I am found myself fairly taken in with this just as a [straightforward], good, sensible drama.

    Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film gives the impression that much of Fiennes' attention went into working with Ivenko on shaping the details of this portrait -- and it is psychologically convincing, whether or not it has much to do with the real man.

    Jul 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Fiennes' drab biopic of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev drains the color from his life, and comes across as cold as a Soviet winter.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, "The White Crow" seems tailored to appeal to moviegoers who are already fans of Nureyev's idiosyncratic dancing and want to know more about how it got that way.

    May 9, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film may go to lengths to tell us that Nureyev was sensational to watch, but we don't experience much of this power or magnetism as viewers.

    May 9, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a movie full of small pleasures, such as the Polaroid-ish softness of the cinematography, Fiennes' quietly noble performance as Nureyev's mentor Pushkin, and the glimpses of the ballet studios...

    May 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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