Critic Consensus: Its nuanced female relationships makes Flesh and Bone a realistic portrayal of a professional ballet company, though it suffers from a lack of levity.
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Flesh and Bone, from Emmy-winning Moira Walley-Beckett, is watchable and often captivating.
Portentous and pretentious, Starz's new prestige drama Flesh and Bone, about the cutthroat world of ballet, could have been watchable had it fully embraced the camp into which it occasionally pirouettes.
Unfortunately the end result is a cast of supporting characters that fall flat without the proper development, and a lead that never quite opens up to the audience.
To be fair, there are some beautiful dance sequences with graceful moves that are gloriously lit, complete with soaring music, but on the whole, Flesh and Bone tries oh so hard to be dark and moody and brooding that it overloads on those elements.
There is rivalry, sexual harassment and pole dancing. A schizophrenic homeless man sometimes seems like the most well-balanced character. All this is frequently hard to watch, but also impossibly addictive... breaking away proved difficult.
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