Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
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  1. The result is a musical that substitutes irony for pop passion, misanthropic disjointedness for lyrical flow.
  2. It doesn't, as they say, really work -- but it's enjoyable enough in spots to leave one feeling passably entertained.
  3. 70
    The grand becomes grandiose and the lyrical turns bombastic.
  4. 70
    McGregor, the movie's most engaging performer, is convincing enough to sell the mutual attraction. The "Trainspotting" star is usually playing some kind of freak, and this is a nice stretch for him.
  5. A landmark musical movie -- controversial, mercurial, even cheeky. It's the kind of film that wildly divides audiences and critics -- people tend to either love or hate it. I loved it.
  6. 88
    The movie is all color and music, sound and motion, kinetic energy, broad strokes, operatic excess.
  7. An audacious, snappy visual and emotional feast of dishes both familiar and fresh. It's the first really good movie of 2001.
  8. Some will find it exhilarating fun.
  9. A sometimes glorious, sometimes disastrous folly.
  10. A movie so cheeky, aggressive and bursting with vitality that it can't help being annoying and exhilarating at the same time.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    May be a spectacularly awful movie, but it's also spectacularly drenched in color, décor and other visual oh-la-la.
  12. 80
    What ultimately comes through is an undeniably imaginative work that is a glorious testament to the limitless and largely untapped possibilities of cinema.
  13. 50
    Never boring, often excruciating and occasionally transcendent.
  14. 89
    A crazed, lovestruck, wholly original (and yet amazingly referential) beast, part pop-culture wasteland, part glowing tribute, and part wild-eyed roller coaster (of love).
  15. It's a wonderful postmodern hug of a movie, and never once do you not know you're watching a movie.
  16. This thing moves brilliantly, sparkling like nothing we've seen domestically since "The Wiz" or "Xanadu."
  17. 80
    It's a mishmash of decoration, drapery and debauchery that's both deeply pleasurable and kitschy.
  18. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    A tour de force of artifice, a dazzling pastiche of musical and visual elements at the service of a blatantly artificial story.
  19. You can go with it or resist it, be exhilarated or worn out. But forgetting the experience is not one of your options.
  20. 60
    Consistently runs the danger of substituting cool but ultra-hyper, modern special effects for boring old human sentiment.
  21. 60
    Simultaneously stirring and dispiriting.
  22. Diverting, energetic, and even reasonably satisfying, so long as you aren't looking for a real musical to take its place.
  23. 50
    Drowns in baroque mise en scène camp, frenetic musical numbers and a precious dialogue conceit that wears out its welcome very fast.
  24. It's like being trapped inside a fever dream of Oscar-night production numbers.
  25. 40
    A voracious vacuum cleaner of a movie --hoovering up a hundred years' worth of junk with the same monotonously unmodulated hum.
  26. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    Ends up leaving you starved for a single moment of unhyped emotion. You can barely see the characters for Luhrmann screaming.
  27. 75
    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.
  28. You get faux feelings -- but faux of the highest, giddiest order.
  29. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    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.
  30. 50
    It wants to be like no other movie you've ever seen. It's more like every movie you've ever seen.
  31. The picture brims over with ideas - good ones, silly ones, maudlin ones, witty ones, absurd ones - and they bump up against each other like ingredients in a vast stewpot that never comes to a continuous boil.
  32. 60
    It's the kind of flourish that makes you smile -- that makes you believe in the power of movies.
  33. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    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.”
  34. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    The film dances; the heart sings.
  35. A movie you can't readily get out of your head.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 604 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 280
  1. Aug 12, 2010
    10
    Moulin Rouge is definitely the best film I have ever seen! First of, I must applaud Baz Luhrmann's great vision and direction - it surely wasMoulin Rouge is definitely the best film I have ever seen! First of, I must applaud Baz Luhrmann's great vision and direction - it surely was superb! The technical aspect of the film is extraordinary: amazing film editing, breath-taking cinematography, perfect music and just overall an excellently made film. The actors, though, make the film what it is. Nicole Kidman is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT as Satine, and has become my favourite actress ever since I first watched this masterpiece. One of the best performances I've ever seen on-screen: she sings, she dances, she dies. Perfect summary. But it's also so much more! And Ewan McGregor - who would have thought he could sing like that??? Amazing voice and one just falls in love with him. The supporting cast is also brilliant, especially Jim Broadbent who deservingly took the BAFTA award home for 'Moulin Rouge.'

    Overall, Moulin Rouge is an eye-candy film for people who truly believe in freedom, beauty, truth, and above all things - love.
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  2. Apr 27, 2014
    10
    This is my all-time favourite movie! I adore the fact that the whole movie is set around a love that can't really exist (kind of like RomeoThis is my all-time favourite movie! I adore the fact that the whole movie is set around a love that can't really exist (kind of like Romeo and Juliet, i guess.) However, the songs are beautiful, the actors are amazing and the sets, scenery and colours of the film are really luxurious. The theme is such a refreshing change, all about the Bohemian revolution and their beliefs of beauty, freedom, truth and love, overcoming everything. This movie is perfect. No faults from me! Full Review »
  3. Feb 9, 2014
    10
    This movie was really great fun in my opinion. I hardly ever rate movies 10 out of 10, so this must be something. The music is great, theThis movie was really great fun in my opinion. I hardly ever rate movies 10 out of 10, so this must be something. The music is great, the dialogue is very well written, the acting is fabulous, and the movie overall is spectacular spectacular. If you like musicals, this is for you. Full Review »