The White Crow Reviews

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May 21, 2019
"The White Crow" is one of those films that may not entirely work, but also one you'd rather have seen than not.
May 20, 2019
... overall a pleasant and beautifully presented look at the artistry of dance, Cold War politics and a complicated man.
May 20, 2019
Director Ralph Fiennes, who also acts in the beautifully appointed movie, and his screenwriter David Hare, tell the story of Nureyev's defection with style, superb acting, and some exceptional dance moments.
May 18, 2019
This sinewy biopic skips the balletomane frenzy of 'Black Swan' and 'The Red Shoes' to examine the early years of Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev - until his 1961 defection to the West.
May 18, 2019
David Hare's screenplay gives the dialogue a literate vitality, with convincing delivery of the drama depending on the superb Russian ballet dancer Oleg Ivenko as Nureyev.
May 15, 2019
You don't need to know [Nureyev] or care about his art. This story is about [his defection]. [This is] a good thing since Rudi is a very difficult character to like.
May 14, 2019
The use of flashbacks and forward is a bit whiplash, but it's a great story, recalling the Cold War era when politics had a chokehold on everything...
May 13, 2019
Eventually, you warm to the performance...
May 13, 2019
Stately and stolid, but Fiennes still manages to deliver an electrifying finale.
May 13, 2019
The White Crow bounces back and forth between greatness and mediocrity for most of its running time, nudging out a slight recommendation based solely on the strengths of the film's climax and Ivenko's consistent performance.
May 12, 2019
Elegant and cultivated, [and] mostly successful in conveying the challenges of Nureyev's early life, his unfettered determination to excel, and his uniqueness as a person and a dancer.
May 10, 2019
The White Crow, wisely, offers up no easy answers regarding why Rudolf Nureyev defected.
May 10, 2019
It could have benefited from more actual dance content, and it's hampered by a needlessly convoluted structure, but Ralph Fiennes' modestly scaled portrait of Soviet ballet icon Rudolf Nureyev is arresting arthouse fare...
May 10, 2019
As a dance film-another genre that all too often disappoints-The White Crow gets many things right.
May 10, 2019
Not as captivating as it should be, this look at Rudolf Nureyev's defection still tells an interesting story.
May 9, 2019
Fiennes pulls off the daring stylistic shift without losing a step.
May 9, 2019
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
The White Crow is engaging enough to overcome the stumbles in how its story is told. The climactic defection scene is a nailbiter, and Fiennes evokes what feels like an authentic Tati-era Paris.
May 9, 2019
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 8, 2019
Oleg Ivenko is superb as Rudolf Nureyev in the well-crafted film by director Ralph Fiennes who also plays legendary ballet teacher Alexander Pushkin.
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