The Turning Point
The Turning Point (1977)

Choreographer-turned-director Herbert Ross' The Turning Point is credited with making ballet "box office." The film's basic plot is strictly Old Acquaintance stuff: Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft star as best-friend… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 25, 2005
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

You yield to The Turning Point relucantly, knowing well that it is conning you -- with sentiment, with flamboyance, with sheer slickness.

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Time Out

There's some beautiful dancing and a wealth of detail about the world of classical ballet.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

What stands out are the ballet performances.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

For a film ostensibly dedicated to physical grace, Ross's images are unforgivably clumsy.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The Turning Point is entertaining, not for discovering new material, but for treating old material with style and romantic feeling that, in this day and age, seem remarkably unafraid.

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Emanuel Levy

Though made in 1977, this strained effort tries to combine a 1940s woman's picture with backstage melodrama set in the modern ballet world.

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Variety Staff

The Turning Point is one of the best films of its era.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A well-made soap opera with a story that right out of a 1930s backstage musical.

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Chuck O'Leary

A glorified made-for-Lifetime-cable movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An insufferable and melodramatic soap-opera that didn't deserve any of the eleven Oscar nominations it got, especially for a mediocre script that has no… More
Jennifer Xu
This is not a great movie, but just to watch Baryshnikov propel his body to incredible heights is totally, totally worth the 2 hours. That, and the catfight… More
Jim Hunter
A former ballet dancer's daughter moves to New York to star in a big-time ballet company, and the move resurfaces old grudges. I suppose that the… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Turning Point", Dee Dee(Shirley MacLaine) is a former ballet dancer, now running a dance school with her husband,… More
Aj V
A boring, talky, and slow movie about dancers. There are some good actors in the movie, but overall it's boring.
Cameron Johnson
"You never know what's coming next, at the turning point!" That Toto song may have come out way after this film, but it's best that I… More