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Jennifer Beals stars as Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel-mill welder by day, and bar dancer by night. Harboring dreams of a career in ballet, she is given financial support in this endeavor by her boss Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri) and moral support by demanding but big-hearted instructor Hanna Long (Lilia Skala). The film's signature scene is, of course, Alex's water-drenched dance audition, largely performed in long shot by her dance double Marine Jahan. Essentially an old-fashioned backstage yarn, Flashdance was given a contemporary spin by its pulsating, musical score featuring the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"Unlike its grittily romantic predecessors, Flashdance is pure glitz."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Director Adrian Lyne caught the post-disco visual mood of the time to win over even the most cynical viewer."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Punchy, cleverly stylized, but utterly empty."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"a beautiful piece of retro culture"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Flashdance might be considered one of the first signs of Hollywood's Apocalypse."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This spirited rock musical about a young factory worker go-go dancer in Pittsburgh who aspires to be a ballerina is the best kind of adolescent fantasy: colorful, involving and full of leaping, prancing energy."
‑ , People Magazine
"Cinderella tale with sex, Spandex, and '80s pop."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"As far as date movies go, this is effective enough, especially the scene where Beals demonstrates how to change her top without taking off her sweater."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The story doesn't help Miss Beals either, because she's at her least convincing when having to register any emotion other than rapture."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"It's the electrifying body-doubled dance numbers that really stick."
‑ , Total Film
"Crudely-made in just about every possible way, Flashdance has only nostalgia going for it."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Nothing but glossy fluff."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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