Moulin Rouge 2001

Critics score:
76 / 100

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Susan Stark, Detroit News: Reconfigures bigscreen musicals with more daring, inventiveness and conviction than any movie since The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: Even when it falls on its face, which it does more than once, the new movie falters with style. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: A rare picture that gets you intoxicated on the possibilities of movies. Read more

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times: The movie has so much heart that the poor overworked organ explodes in every scene. Read more

John Zebrowski, Seattle Times: The colors and songs all come together to form a movie that is like no other before it. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: The real problem isn't overload but emptiness: The audience stays stone-cold sober. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Just remember to take your dancing shoes; you'll feel like using them afterwards. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: It's like watching a hyperactive kid on a sugar high; after a while, you just want to send it to bed. Read more

Kenneth Turan, 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. Read more

Paul Clinton (, A dazzling, electrifying event that transcends the screen. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: It's torn between comedy and romantic melodrama. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: It slashes through the distance that so many of us feel toward musicals. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: A film as unpredictable as the love it celebrates -- you keep falling in and out of this giddy affair. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: Disappointing because it could have been so much more. Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture: [Luhrmann] gives you way too much of what you didn't really want in the first place: soulless high jinks. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: Mr. Luhrmann and his colleagues have worked like whirling dervishes to make the plot look like it's moving. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Historical purists and those who enjoy only sedate films are likely to be infuriated by what Luhrmann has done here, but who cares? Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The movie is more like the Moulin Rouge of my adolescent fantasies than the real Moulin Rouge ever could be. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Just two days after seeing Moulin Rouge, I can't help looking back fondly at the memory of it. Read more

Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle: So cheeky, aggressive and bursting with vitality that it can't help being annoying and exhilarating at the same time. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: The film dances; the heart sings. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: If it lacks the emotional punch of Luhrmann's earlier films, and drags towards the end, it is still great fun. Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: Feels as if a dump truck has buried moviegoers in confetti and glitter for two hours. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: 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. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: A voracious vacuum cleaner of a movie -- hoovering up a hundred years' worth of junk with the same monotonously unmodulated hum. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: A wonderful postmodern hug of a movie. Read more

Rita Kempley, Washington Post: A magnificent mess of a postmodern musical. Read more