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Reconfigures bigscreen musicals with more daring, inventiveness and conviction than any movie since The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
Dallas Morning News:
Even when it falls on its face, which it does more than once, the new movie falters with style.
New York Times:
The movie has so much heart that the poor overworked organ explodes in every scene.
The colors and songs all come together to form a movie that is like no other before it.
The real problem isn't overload but emptiness: The audience stays stone-cold sober.
Just remember to take your dancing shoes; you'll feel like using them afterwards.
Los Angeles Times:
You can go with it or resist it, be exhilarated or worn out. But forgetting the experience is not one of your options.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
A dazzling, electrifying event that transcends the screen.
Globe and Mail:
A film as unpredictable as the love it celebrates -- you keep falling in and out of this giddy affair.
New York Observer:
Mr. Luhrmann and his colleagues have worked like whirling dervishes to make the plot look like it's moving.
Historical purists and those who enjoy only sedate films are likely to be infuriated by what Luhrmann has done here, but who cares?
The movie is more like the Moulin Rouge of my adolescent fantasies than the real Moulin Rouge ever could be.
Just two days after seeing Moulin Rouge, I can't help looking back fondly at the memory of it.
San Francisco Chronicle:
So cheeky, aggressive and bursting with vitality that it can't help being annoying and exhilarating at the same time.
If it lacks the emotional punch of Luhrmann's earlier films, and drags towards the end, it is still great fun.
Feels as if a dump truck has buried moviegoers in confetti and glitter for two hours.
Moulin Rouge is a tour de force of artifice, a dazzling pastiche of musical and visual elements at the service of a blatantly artificial story.
A voracious vacuum cleaner of a movie -- hoovering up a hundred years' worth of junk with the same monotonously unmodulated hum.