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  • Summary: Against the backdrop of 19th Century Paris and the famed Montmartre cabaret, this is the story of the doomed love affair between Christian (McGregor), a young poet, and Satine (Kidman), a courtesan and performer at the Moulin Rouge.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  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. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. You can go with it or resist it, be exhilarated or worn out. But forgetting the experience is not one of your options.
  5. It doesn't, as they say, really work -- but it's enjoyable enough in spots to leave one feeling passably entertained.
  6. Diverting, energetic, and even reasonably satisfying, so long as you aren't looking for a real musical to take its place.
  7. 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.

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  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. Nicki
    Aug 20, 2007
    10
    I loved this movie it deserves way over a ten! It was so much fun to watch, I could watch it over and over again. Definetly is my favorite I loved this movie it deserves way over a ten! It was so much fun to watch, I could watch it over and over again. Definetly is my favorite movie, the music, the acting, the costumes, everything was amazing and definetly worth your time! Expand
  3. SerhanY.
    Sep 10, 2001
    10
    Very well organized, a musical audiences were craving for. Beautiful, spectacular.
  4. May 27, 2011
    10
    Truthfully, the best movie I have ever seen. In my entire life. WOW!
  5. ArnoW.
    Oct 2, 2001
    9
    A dream, a wonderful composition of music (the most powerful language used in the movie) and almost surrealistic photographic scenes. It A dream, a wonderful composition of music (the most powerful language used in the movie) and almost surrealistic photographic scenes. It balances between heaven and hell . A beautiful historical drama shown in a very special way. Expand
  6. Sep 15, 2013
    5
    To be blunt, this movie is stupid.

    But, also allot of fun. The sheer level if idiocy is like looking at an abstract painting come to life.
    To be blunt, this movie is stupid.

    But, also allot of fun. The sheer level if idiocy is like looking at an abstract painting come to life. It makes little sense, it's very colorful, and comes off like it is high class garbage (ie like most art.)

    Overall:
    This movie is the embodiment of the saying, "it's so bad that it's good." Every moment is one WTF moment after the next, yet you keep watching. Kind of like a car accident.
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  7. SteveE.
    Jul 11, 2008
    0
    What on earth is all the fuss about? How can so many people give 10/10 to this load of rubbish? I would have given it -1 if I coukld! We What on earth is all the fuss about? How can so many people give 10/10 to this load of rubbish? I would have given it -1 if I coukld! We turned it off after 30 minutes - never to re-visit - and regret wasting those 30 minutes and the price of the DVD. I wouldn't even give this unwatched trash to my worst friend. Expand

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