The Dancer Upstairs
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As a Latin American nation nears collapse under a highly organized terrorist movement, idealistic policeman Agustin Rejas faces the greatest challenge of his career: to catch the mysterious guerilla leader Ezequiel. The brains behind the bloody revolution that threatens to bring the government and entire country down, Ezequiel is as elusive as Rejas' superiors are corrupt--an irony not lost on Rejas, who left a career as a lawyer to try to find "a more honorable way of practicing the law." The military's response to the brutal tactics of Ezequiel's followers is equally… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Dancer Upstairs is, like its director, sleek, mysterious and intelligent. But until its last-half hour or so, it is also, unfortunately, mind-numbing."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Moving, melancholy, and, yes, political."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Though flawed and listless as a political drama or thriller, Malkovich's feature debut deserves credit for itis ambition and for tackling an overtly political theme (guerrilla wars in Peru), a rare sight in today's indie milieu."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Malkovich's take on a world of corruption, intrigue and terrorism is elegantly mysterious, but...leaps in plot and missteps in character trip up The Dancer Upstairs."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Malkovich and Shakespeare seem content to linger over minor things, possibly to let the audience absorb them better but to the detriment of the movie's tempo."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It thrives on the hush before the explosion instead of its aftermath, and it's that eerie sense of expectation that gives the film its thick aura of suspense."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Reflects its director, being intelligent and elegantly turned-out but distant."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Em sua estréia na direção, Malkovich conduz a história com segurança e sem exibicionismo, enquanto Bardem oferece mais uma grande atuação."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
‑ Jurgen Fauth,
"Filled with tension and a genuine air of uncertainty, Malkovich has delivered a truly riveting film."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"It is not revolutionary, but it brims with promise and a love of film, and is a fine if worried dance indeed."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Bardem's performance lingers in ways that give the movie resonance."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"'Shakespeare retooled his novel for the screen adaptation ... It is Malkovich who reinjects the mystery, along with a little magic.'"
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"A bit like an adolescent - desperate to be taken seriously, yet still self-consciously goofy and immature."
‑ Kurt Dahlke, Apollo Guide
"This is John Malkovich's directing debut, and it has elements we associate with his personality: puckishness, dark humor, questioning of authority, villains on all levels who can be charismatic."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
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