Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Feb 10, 2012
    100
    The result, Pina, is the most spirited and spectacular film about dance since Robert Altman's "The Company."
  2. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Feb 8, 2012
    100
    Most documentaries put us inside people's heads. The dazzling, experimental Pina puts us inside people's feet.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jan 26, 2012
    100
    The real 3-D experience of the season is Pina, Wim Wenders' shockingly beautiful and moving tribute to the late German choreographer Pina Bausch.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jan 19, 2012
    100
    In both theatrical environments and open-air ones, with Wenders paying close attention to the geometrics as well as the psychology of the movement, Pina is the best possible tribute to Bausch, and to adventurous image-making.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Jan 19, 2012
    100
    The movie he (Wenders) went on to make with her Tanztheater Wuppertal is more than an elegy; his meticulous use of 3D endows the performances with a corporeality and intimacy hitherto unseen in a dance film.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 4, 2012
    100
    You don't have to know the first thing about modern dance to be transported to an alternate state of consciousness by Pina, which is utterly free of Wenders' cloying sentimentality (perhaps because it's an elegy for a dead friend) and might be the first of his films I've loved all the way through since his 1987 masterpiece, "Wings of Desire."
  7. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jan 4, 2012
    100
    The result, in Pina, is...wow.
  8. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jan 14, 2012
    90
    Whether you're familiar with Pina Bausch's work or not, the new film Pina is a knockout.
  9. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Dec 21, 2011
    90
    Offering further proof that the latest 3D technology is good for a lot more than just lunging knives and fantastical storylines, Wim Wenders' dance docu Pina reps multidimensional entertainment that will send culture vultures swooning.
  10. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Dec 21, 2011
    90
    What's remarkable about Pina is how democratic it is, how casual it is about opening up the world of modern dance to people who know, or perhaps care, little about it.
  11. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Feb 9, 2012
    89
    Excepting the occasional shot that forces the eye on a particular dancer, Wenders largely films the action in a way that re-creates the effect of attending a performance in a proscenium theatre – only without having to scrabble for the best seat in the house. No matter where you are, you're already in it.
  12. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Feb 2, 2012
    88
    The result is a panorama of emotion, in which one dancer exhibits pure joy and another severe aching. As Bausch notes early in the film, words alone cannot describe something, nor can dance. One medium has to pick up where the last has left off. The disembodied words seem to get to the heart of that idea.
  13. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jan 18, 2012
    88
    I watched the film in a sort of reverie. The dancers seemed particularly absorbed. They had performed these dances many times before, but always with Pina Bausch present. Now they were on their own, in homage.
  14. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jan 26, 2012
    83
    Pina, so exquisitely made and filled with such powerful beauty, suggests thrilling new possibilities for the marriage of movies and dance.
  15. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jan 7, 2012
    83
    You may not feel like dancing after watching Pina – unless you have a thing for earth in your shoes – but you'll certainly know you've seen something.
  16. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Dec 22, 2011
    83
    Pina is a beautiful, heartfelt ode and a delicious feast for the eyes, but not an essential work of art on its own terms.
  17. Reviewed by: Richard Nilsen
    Feb 9, 2012
    80
    For anyone with an interest in dance, Pina is a must-see. For anyone not interested in contemporary dance, Pina is a should-see. It could change your mind.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jan 12, 2012
    80
    The images captured by the film - dancers in theatrical sets, dancers in surreal exterior settings - are deeply scary for their loneliness and pain, and crazily thrilling for the intensity of their joy.
  19. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Dec 21, 2011
    80
    Wim Wenders' stylish 3D mirrors the bizarrely captivating world of choreographer Pina Bausch.
  20. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Dec 21, 2011
    80
    This isn't the kind of doc to explain everything (or anything, really)-it does honor its subject, though, and that's plenty.
  21. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Dec 21, 2011
    80
    Pina gives us the supreme pleasure of watching fascinating bodies of widely varying ages in motion, whether leaping, falling, catching, diving, grieving, or exulting. Wenders's expert use of 3-D puts viewers up close to the spaces, both psychic and physical, inside and out, of Bausch's work.
  22. Dec 12, 2011
    80
    What is unambiguous is the campaign that Pina mounts, with joy and without fuss, against age discrimination; by law, the film should be screened, on a monthly basis, for Hollywood casting agents.
  23. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jan 19, 2012
    75
    Where Pina excels - where it resembles no previous dance film - is in the staging of several of Bausch's signature works for Wenders's cameras.
  24. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Dec 23, 2011
    75
    It's the dancing that makes Pina a visual delight. It should appeal to dance mavens, and to folks who have no idea what a pas de deux is.
  25. Reviewed by: Guy Dixon
    Dec 21, 2011
    75
    Bausch's work, as performed by her dance company Tanztheater Wuppertal, is shot exactingly by Wenders, who captures everything from the largest gestures to the subtlest facial nuances in ways impossible in 2-D – and of course in far closer detail than seeing the dances performed live.
  26. Reviewed by: Wade Major
    Feb 1, 2012
    70
    It's a mood piece more than a conventional documentary and it should do comfortably above average business on the theatrical documentary circuit, particularly given its location on the list of Oscar nominated documentaries.
  27. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Dec 22, 2011
    70
    The cumulative effect is exhilarating and also a bit frustrating, since so many dances are included and woven together the audience does not have the chance to experience any single work in its entirety. But the power and intelligence of Bausch's approach, which at times seems more cerebral than sensual, is communicated.
  28. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Dec 22, 2011
    67
    It's also representative of Pina's major flaw: the inability of artists to get out of their own way.
  29. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Mar 2, 2012
    60
    While Pina will undoubtedly be well-received by modern-dance devotees, it does little to take advantage of the enormous opportunity to open the door for newcomers.
  30. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 22, 2011
    60
    The film is best suited for dance buffs excited by an unexpected congregation of artistic pioneers.
  31. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Oct 18, 2011
    60
    It's a surprise to see Wim Wenders embracing 3D in its full, feature-length glory but the medium works well to capture the graceful swirl of the German choreographer's work.
  32. Reviewed by: Jaime N. Christley
    Oct 18, 2011
    50
    Go after Pina and you're going to have to go through a mob of modern-dance zealots first.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Feb 18, 2012
    2
    Very disappointing. Unless the sight of dirty, sweaty dancers is of interest, you will be turned off, as was I.
    The movie offers little
    insight on Pina's life. Once again, "The emperor has NO clothes." Full Review »
  2. Jun 20, 2012
    2
    The dancing was fine, but the symbolism is always the same: Self doubt, sex, self doubt, relationships, self doubt, sex. And the costumes and sets are always about the same. Which gives me the impression that Pina is a one-trick-pony.

    The dancers are asked to talk about Pina, but they only talk about themselves. After watching the documentary, I have learned nothing about Pina. And all the time, everyone had this inflated sense of how magically brilliantly super duper great Pina is. This is some of the most pretentious people I've ever seen.

    But then, halfway through the movie, I realized that this film isn't a showcase or exploration of Pina at all. This film is a documentary about a dance-cult. This is a documentary about the self-doubting, upper-middle class children who were sucked into this bohemian cult of inflated self-importance and made to act out their own insecurities (in dance) for the one authoritarian figure they ever respected. Pina, whether she was aware of it or not, had become a sort of dance-prophet.
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  3. Apr 1, 2012
    10
    The 3D presentation of this looks to me like the first movie actually made in the 21st century. As for some of the other comments here, I can only paraphrase Lincoln - "The good Lord must have loved the common-minded people. He made so many of them." Full Review »