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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Critic Reviews

  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.

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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 »