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December 5, 2015
Leigh's film is an exquisite and, yes, successful celebration of human creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
January 20, 2013
| Original Score: B+
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 6, 2011
Leigh's strict attention to detail and his uncommon method of involving his actors in the creative process of forming the script infuses life into material that could have easily become another stiff, British period production
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 30, 2008
The sense of a work of art coming to life has rarely been more beautifully or excitingly portrayed. This is a film not to be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 18, 2008
| Original Score: 4/4

August 13, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
A great study on the struggle to create live theater, containing beautiful musical sequences and fantastic portrayals of the musical's creators.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Deborah Young
June 17, 2008
[A] beautifully crafted and lively romp around the 1880s stage world.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
There is not an unrealized or extraneous character in the film, and I can't remember a movie that so completely studies the intricacies of bringing a production to the stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Leigh's cast are beyond compare, and the whole bighearted, splendidly droll celebration of the entertainer's lot surely stands among British cinema's one-of-a-kind treasures.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
The real magic of this film is in the way most of the characters skillfully navigate their way around each other's sizable but fragile egos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Leigh has handcrafted a big production and succeeds, mostly, in entertaining the viewer to the end -- especially for fans of Gilbert and Sullivan.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
... an enlightening exploration of how artists must sometimes journey into unknown territory before they find inspiration enough to keep from repeating themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Criado, em boa parte, através de improvisação (tradição de Leigh), o filme tem várias subtramas que jamais se resolvem - mas é interessante, especialmente ao mostrar os bastidores de um espetáculo em produção.
| Original Score: 4/5
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Quite simply the best backstage musical ever made, and then some.
| Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Tale about "The Mikado" and its creators, Gilbert and Sullivan, provides rich cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 25, 2002
There are individual scenes that, when looked at by themselves, are knockouts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A fine and fancy delight, a movie that shows off British director Mike Leigh's uncanny talent for capturing entire worlds in the smallest details.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
Leigh is a master at evoking conflicted feelings and recreating in his movies a genuine sense of the complexity and ambiguity of adult experience.
Full Review| Original Score: A
Top Critic
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
The film is a delight and a surprise, all the more so since Leigh is associated with gritty working-class stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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