The Dancer Upstairs

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9

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  1. FrankB.
    Aug 8, 2004
    Wonderful mixture of surrealism and realism. Bardem is great in the lead. Great pacing, excellent cinematography, aborbing editing, and a breath-taking display of honesty and lyricism by the director and editor.
  2. JoanE.
    Aug 15, 2004
    This film is a work of art, sometimes gruesome, but definitely artful.
  3. JackR.
    May 24, 2003
    The film is too long, too convoluted and with too many coincidences. But it is beautiful to watch, and Bardem is one sexy guy and a superb actor. It is also great to hear the late, lamented Sandy Denny's haunting song, Who Knows Where The Times Goes, sung by the great, late Nina Simone.
  4. GregT.
    Sep 29, 2003
    Watched this movie for 25 minutes and took it off the vcr. Too dreary. The English in it sucked. I kept saying "What did they say?". My movie partner kept answering "Who knows?". This may be a film that turned John Malkovitch's crank, it didn't turn mine.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. The movie has a mystery, and moral unease, that lingers.
  2. 70
    A labor of love hobbled by a stubborn desire to eke its delicate love story out of a premise that all but sits up and begs to be treated as a political thriller.
  3. 70
    Studded with terrorist attacks... Yet Malkovich never exploits these for action-movie thrills: in each instance the loss of life is terrible and the morality of the act is left treacherously ambiguous.