Lord of the Dance in 3D 2011

Critics score:
25 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Music video director Marcus Viner's 3D cameras don't take us into the performance or even up on the stage with the dancers. Stylistically, it's a very pedestrian treatment of its subject. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Happy St. Patrick's Day. Don't go see Lord of the Dance in 3D. Read more

Neil Genzlinger, New York Times: The excitement factor only intermittently carries from the arena to the screen. Read more

Ted Fry, Seattle Times: If you're a fan, then you'll probably be thrilled by this more literal rendering of Celtic thunder, with the Zeus-like Flatley delivering lightning bolts of pizazz from his own showbiz heaven. Read more

Terry Byrne, Boston Globe: There are lots of close-ups of Flatley's lightning-fast feet, as well as some cheesy slow-motion leaps, but no sense of the complexity or continuity of the dance combinations. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: Here, in muddy colors and meaningless 3-D, is a video transcription of the (sometimes hilariously) flashy show Flatley and his famous troupe brought to Dublin in 2010. Read more

David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter: A vanity production so self-inflated they needed an extra dimension to contain it, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance 3D won't win many new fans for the high-stepping dancer. It might even cost him a few old ones. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: [The film] doesn't offer a single flying sequin to justify its considerably higher ticket price. It's simply a blandly shot recording of Michael Flatley's musical revue, as performed overseas. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: An essential document of bad taste that needs to go right into the time capsule. History must not forget. Read more

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: A faithful transcription of a live performance, but it lacks the you-are-there dimension of the most involving concert films. Read more

John Anderson, Variety: That pre-eminent Crock-Pot of Celtic culture, Lord of the Dance, is brought to the bigscreen in Lord of the Dance 3D, which uses its stereoscopic technology to little discernible purpose. Read more

Michelle Orange, Village Voice: Even Flatley infidels will find themselves starved for a well-lit close-up of those whirling feet, or maybe just the tantalizing illusion of a swift, blackout kick to the head. Read more