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. 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)
    70
    Chorus often seems static and confined, rarely venturing beyond the immediate. Attenborough merely films the stage show as best he could.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    50
    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. 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
    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. Collapse

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