Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
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  1. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Zimmer
    Among the many pleasures are the lively intelligence of the artists and their perceptiveness about their own situations.
  2. Reviewed by: Christine Temin
    This is art paying homage to art.
  3. 80
    Overall the film is a fascinating glimpse into an insular world that gives the lie to many clichés and showcases a group of dedicated artists.
  4. You might expect its beauty but not its intelligence, its ability to reflect the texture of some extraordinary lives.
  5. While more performance views would have been welcome, this is a treat no balletomane can afford to miss.
  6. Tavernier's documentary about the famed Paris Opera Ballet is itself a graceful thing, a fleet-footed yet substantial examination of what it means to devote one's life to the art of dance.
  7. The cinematic equivalent of sampling goodies from a spartan tastings menu in which the entrees, desserts and appetizers are confusingly jumbled together.
  8. Reviewed by: Clive Barnes
    So it's not only how they dance, or even what they dance, but why they dance. And that makes Tavernier's movie muddled, simplistic and more than a little pretentious.
  9. Reviewed by: Octavio Roca
    For the most part this is a dull, dour documentary on what ought to be a joyful or at least fascinating subject.

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