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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)
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. 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. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Chorus often seems static and confined, rarely venturing beyond the immediate. Attenborough merely films the stage show as best he could.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    The film, though, lies dormant in its own decency.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Director Attenborough's film version has a couple of pleasant numbers which serve as oases amidst the dullness.
  6. 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. 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: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JamesH
    Nov 16, 2009
    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. Collapse