|Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: May 18, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Luhrmann has raised the level of his game, deconstructing the Hollywood musical -- a genre all but left for dead -- and reassembling it with a potency that hasn’t been seen since “Cabaret.”
The film dances; the heart sings.
It's impossible to watch this beautifully chaotic, excessive movie impassively. You'll either embrace what Luhrmann has done here or run out of the theater, holding your head.
You get faux feelings -- but faux of the highest, giddiest order.
A movie you can't readily get out of your head.
It's the kind of flourish that makes you smile -- that makes you believe in the power of movies.
The film musical is at the moment an even more devitalized art form than the Broadway musical. But Moulin Rouge doesn't revive it. It only rearranges the bones.
It wants to be like no other movie you've ever seen. It's more like every movie you've ever seen.
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