The Red Shoes
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Red Shoes was shot in three-strip Technicolor, a process that's no longer used because of expense and technical complexity, but one that yielded some of the most spectacular images in cinema history."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"No wonder Britain, still rationed in color, food, and feeling in the wake of an exhausting war, could not cope with what the movie proposed. Catch it here now, and you will not just be seeing an old film made new; you will have your vision restored."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"It's marvelously acted, superbly written, and features outstanding choreography , unforgettable characters and hauntingly beautiful cinematography. It's a cinematic treat for movie lovers! Bon appetit!"
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"...a periodically spellbinding yet grossly overlong endeavor that could've used a few more passes through the editing bay."
‑ David Nusair, About.com
"... a film of dark fantasy, romantic passion and an infectious love of dance, music and cinema."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"The greatest film about ballet ever made."
‑ Melissa Anderson, L.A. Weekly
"Blending impressionist art and expressionist film, blurring the barriers between theatre and cinema, body and camera, reality and dream, drawing equally on the avant-garde and the classical."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"There are no words. As a film critic, I can't really get away with that too often. This feels like a worthy deployment."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Deeper the layers go, forever. Pure cinema."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"A sublime melodrama...[with a] still astonishing expressionistic dance sequence. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The shoes have never been redder. The color of passion that drenches the Technicolor world of The Red Shoes has been restored to its original luster."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's ode to the agony and the ecstasy of dancing is still joyous and moving even if you watch it through filthy, cracked sunglasses."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"The milieu of the ballet company - the camaraderie infused both humorously and agonizingly with individualistic obsessions for excellence - strikes a chord of authenticity even though it is struck on a very mannered instrument"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"gloriously original and provocative--a truly groundbreaking fusion of reality and fantasy that helped pave the way for future musicals"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"...watching the movie you still get the feeling that Technicolor was invented for it."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
More reviews for The Red Shoes on Rotten Tomatoes

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