The Red Shoes
The Red Shoes (1948)

The tale of a famous ballerina who must choose between art and love.

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 25, 1999
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

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!

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Melissa Anderson
L.A. Weekly

The greatest film about ballet ever made.

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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

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.

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

There are no words. As a film critic, I can't really get away with that too often. This feels like a worthy deployment.

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Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

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.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

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.

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Dan Jardine
Cinemania

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Bathsheba Monk
Anybody who ever tried to have a normal life while trying to be an artist will relate. Can you do it? Is it possible? Even if you're not an artist, you… More
Jonathan Hutchings
An absolute awe-inspiring triumph. The Red Shoes is one of few films that genuinely obsesses over art as vocation, art as religion, and art as the purpose of… More
Randy Tippy
Powell and Pressburger's spectacle of color, choreography and catastrophe makes <i>Black Swan</i> look like an ugly duckling.
Anthony Lawrie
The Red Shoes is melodrama at its best and most beautiful. Is there a better partnership than Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger? The dancing, script,… More
Reid Volk
Having a shortage of respect for ballet and mesmerizing filmmaking? Watch this fantastic film immediately and it will change your mind on both issues.… More
Spencer S.
True beauty on and off the stage. If Michael Powell had not been so ingrained in the process of making this film, I do not believe it would have been as… More

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