The Turning Point
The Turning Point (1977)

One of a cycle of '70s post-Women's Liberation "women's pictures," Herbert Ross's drama uses the ballet world to examine the conflict between family and career. Former dance colleagues Deedee (Shirley MacLaine) and… 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
EmanuelLevy.Com

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
Variety

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
FulvueDrive-in.com

A glorified made-for-Lifetime-cable movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
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 Verser
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
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