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  • Summary: Flashdance is the story of Alex Owens, a fiercely determined and beautiful 18-year-old woman, who works as a welder by day and dancer at a local bar at night. The film sparkles with the music of the '80s including the No.1 hit song sung by Irene Cara ("Flashdance-What A Feeling") and "Maniac" sung by Michael Sembello. We follow Alex's struggle to gain independence, find love, and realize her dream-to dance at the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Flashdance makes liberal use of jump cuts, strobe lighting and hard-edged, post-punk chic in its dance sequences, it registers as the end product of energy being released by an essentially lyrical temperament. It charms us, makes us want to refrain from scrutinizing it too closely. [31 Jul 1983, p.1]
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    40
    Watching Flashdance is pretty much like looking at MTV for 96 minutes. Virtually plotless, exceedingly thin on characterization and sociologically laughable, pic at least lives up to its title by offering an anthology of extraordinarily flashy dance numbers.
  3. With a score by Giorgio Moroder, and with ingenious costumes that are utterly au courant, Flashdance contains such dynamic dance scenes that it's a pity there's a story here to bog them down.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    38
    Punchy, cleverly stylized, but utterly empty yarn about a feisty young woman who welds by day, disco-dances by night, and dreams of the day when she can devote her life to her art.
  5. 38
    If Flashdance had spent just a little more effort getting to know the heroine of its story, and a little less time trying to rip off "Saturday Night Fever," it might have been a much better film.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Godfrey
    38
    Cranked up at double speed, the plot of Flashdance could almost be a satirical fantasy about dance students. Although Flashdance doesn't admit it's a fantasy, neither does it succeed in looking realistic. [16 Apr 1983, p.E5]
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    25
    Although the "story" is almost wholly without depth or plausibility, it's carried off with great style.

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  3. Negative: 3 out of 3
  1. [Anonymous]
    Apr 6, 2008
    3
    An extended music video with about three minutes of plot. Flashy but not trashy.
  2. Mar 4, 2011
    1
    I saw this on TV many years after it came out in the....80's? Not good at all. All it did was promote ripped shirts and big hair and wild dancing everyone did for a good laugh. Expand
  3. JoshuaE.
    Jun 17, 2010
    0
    Could not stay awake thru this borring, poorly thought out film.

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