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. 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.
  2. It's a wonderful postmodern hug of a movie, and never once do you not know you're watching a movie.
  3. This thing moves brilliantly, sparkling like nothing we've seen domestically since "The Wiz" or "Xanadu."
  4. Newsweek
    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.”
  5. 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).
  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. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    The film dances; the heart sings.
  9. 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.
  10. 80
    It's a mishmash of decoration, drapery and debauchery that's both deeply pleasurable and kitschy.
  11. 80
    What ultimately comes through is an undeniably imaginative work that is a glorious testament to the limitless and largely untapped possibilities of cinema.
  12. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    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.
  13. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    75
    You get faux feelings -- but faux of the highest, giddiest order.
  14. A sometimes glorious, sometimes disastrous folly.
  15. Some will find it exhilarating fun.
  16. A movie so cheeky, aggressive and bursting with vitality that it can't help being annoying and exhilarating at the same time.
  17. 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.
  18. You can go with it or resist it, be exhilarated or worn out. But forgetting the experience is not one of your options.
  19. 70
    The grand becomes grandiose and the lyrical turns bombastic.
  20. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    70
    A movie you can't readily get out of your head.
  21. The result is a musical that substitutes irony for pop passion, misanthropic disjointedness for lyrical flow.
  22. It doesn't, as they say, really work -- but it's enjoyable enough in spots to leave one feeling passably entertained.
  23. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    60
    It's the kind of flourish that makes you smile -- that makes you believe in the power of movies.
  24. 60
    Consistently runs the danger of substituting cool but ultra-hyper, modern special effects for boring old human sentiment.
  25. 60
    Simultaneously stirring and dispiriting.
  26. Diverting, energetic, and even reasonably satisfying, so long as you aren't looking for a real musical to take its place.
  27. Boston Globe
    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.
  28. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    50
    It wants to be like no other movie you've ever seen. It's more like every movie you've ever seen.
  29. 50
    Drowns in baroque mise en scène camp, frenetic musical numbers and a precious dialogue conceit that wears out its welcome very fast.
  30. Never boring, often excruciating and occasionally transcendent.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 635 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 282
  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 »