A Chorus Line

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  • Summary: Based on the Tony Award winning play which also won the Pulitzer Prize. Auditionees for a Broadway chorus line reveal their innermost thoughts and emotions in song and dance before a hard-boiled director. (MGM)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. 88
    This is one of the most intelligent and compelling movie musicals in a long time - and the most grown up.
  2. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    75
    A classic play has been reduced a decent movie. It's a shame it couldn't be as good as the play; it's a small pleasure that it's as entertaining as it is. [20 Dec 1985]
  3. 70
    Chorus often seems static and confined, rarely venturing beyond the immediate. Attenborough merely films the stage show as best he could.
  4. Director Attenborough's film version has a couple of pleasant numbers which serve as oases amidst the dullness.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    The film, though, lies dormant in its own decency.
  6. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    40
    In this stately and fairly slavish representation, directed by Richard Attenborough, what pokes through with the pain of a broken bone is how thin the material really is. [12 Dec 1985]
  7. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    10
    When director Richard Attenborough isn't mangling dance numbers, he's focusing on a love story expressed almost entirely by means of close-ups of moony faces and teary eyes. [12 Dec 1985]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JamesH
    Nov 16, 2009
    7
    I feel like I am the only person that really liked this movie. What's odd about that is I am usually someone who doesn't like I feel like I am the only person that really liked this movie. What's odd about that is I am usually someone who doesn't like musicals. I thought the dancing, choreography and acting was quite good. Fine casting, always entertaining. Expand
  2. Apr 10, 2016
    7
    For what it is--a slice-of-life of a group of people, trying to make the big-time and at least be able to say that they were on Broadway--it'sFor what it is--a slice-of-life of a group of people, trying to make the big-time and at least be able to say that they were on Broadway--it's a fine work. I admit I haven't seen the stage play--which many sources say is far superior to this filmic adaptation.

    I'm rather surprised that: a) Michael Douglas gets star status here, or is even involved. He doesn't dance here. The film would have worked so much better if it showed his character showing some dance moves and getting across to the dancers what he wanted. Both his character would have connected better with the dancers, and he would have connected better with filmgoers; and b) that Lord Richard Attenborough got involved with this: It's definitely not his forte or cup of tea. Perhaps he wanted to expand his directorial palette, or that some of his influences were masters of the genre, such as Lubitsch or Minnelli. Personally, I wish I knew, for he has done much better work in his career.

    Overall, not one of the better of contemporary (post-1970) musicals, but worth seeing once, if renting or seeing that it's coming on TV. Not a top purchase priority, unless you are a Douglas or Attenborough completest, and then prepare to be disappointed.
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