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New York Times:
The story doesn't help Miss Beals either, because she's at her least convincing when having to register any emotion other than rapture.
Flashdance might be considered one of the first signs of Hollywood's Apocalypse.
Jennifer Beals shouldn't feel bad. She is a natural talent, she is fresh and engaging here, and only needs to find an agent with a natural talent for turning down scripts.
Unlike its grittily romantic predecessors, Flashdance is pure glitz.
Depressing to think that this was a huge hit on the back of the Irene Cara hit single, since there's absolutely nothing to it.
Virtually plotless, exceedingly thin on characterization and sociologically laughable, pic at least lives up to its title by offering an anthology of extraordinarily flashy dance numbers.