Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

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  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 26, 2014
    A spooky, heartbreaking documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Leba Hertz
    Mar 20, 2014
    Director Nancy Buirski not only is able to give rare insights into the dance world but a compelling tale of love, friendship and perseverance.
  3. Reviewed by: Hedy Weiss
    Mar 27, 2014
    Strangely haunting, often heartbreaking.
  4. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Feb 7, 2014
    While it does profile the work of brilliant dancer, the film also contains two complex and moving love stories as well an account of a physically devastating tragedy followed by an extraordinary tale of struggle and survival.
  5. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Apr 10, 2014
    Afternoon of a Faun offers privileged glimpses of Le Clercq's life.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 6, 2014
    Classical dance great Jacques d’Amboise calls Tanaquil LeClercq’s style a “path to heaven.” And this lovely documentary by Nancy Buirski makes clear that he’s right.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 4, 2014
    Buirski clearly shows that the spark that made her great couldn't be snuffed out so easily.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    May 15, 2014
    Presents enough teasing glimpses into the dancer’s personal and inner life to demand a fuller picture.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Mar 20, 2014
    What’s most fascinating about Afternoon of a Faun — and what the movie could spend more time delving into — is ballet’s grueling and fleeting nature.
  10. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    May 29, 2014
    It is the mythic resonance of her story that makes it a worthy subject a documentary. But it is the down-to-earth human touches that make Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq worth watching.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 4, 2014
    The movie is unusual for its absence of gossip. Instead it offers hardheaded commentary about the rigors of a dancer’s life and how everyone who chooses a dance career is aware of its brevity.
  12. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Feb 6, 2014
    The story is something of a trap: Both irresistibly poignant and an invitation to wallow.
  13. 50
    Watching De Clercq dance is not only what Nancy Buirski’s uneven documentary does to best effect, it helps you understand the movie’s otherwise restrictive emphasis on the men who became obsessed by her, primarily her discoverer and husband George Balanchine and the dancer/choreographer Jerome Robbins.

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  1. Apr 17, 2014
    Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq is a haunting and beautiful story that provides a glimpse inside the minds of many great performersAfternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq is a haunting and beautiful story that provides a glimpse inside the minds of many great performers and lingers in your own days after seeing it. Full Review »