The Turning Point
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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 Emma (Anne Bancroft) are reunited when Emma's New York ballet company stops in Oklahoma City for a performance. Having dropped her career for marriage and motherhood, Deedee envies prima ballerina Emma's limelight life; aging Emma, realizing that her days as a star are numbered, wishes that she had the fulfillment of a family like Deedee's.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You yield to The Turning Point relucantly, knowing well that it is conning you -- with sentiment, with flamboyance, with sheer slickness."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"There's some beautiful dancing and a wealth of detail about the world of classical ballet."
‑ , Time Out
"What stands out are the ballet performances."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"moving drama"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Unwatchable for anyone who isn't a mad ballet fan."
‑ Oz, eFilmCritic.com
"For a film ostensibly dedicated to physical grace, Ross's images are unforgivably clumsy."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Though made in 1977, this strained effort tries to combine a 1940s woman's picture with backstage melodrama set in the modern ballet world."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"MacLaine and Bancroft are electric to watch."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A wonderful film about the friendship between two women and about the marvels of ballet."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The Turning Point is one of the best films of its era."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A well-made soap opera with a story that right out of a 1930s backstage musical."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A glorified made-for-Lifetime-cable movie."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"It deserved all the Oscars it won: none."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Its sophistications are superficial, to say the least, but it wowed the Academy in 1977."
‑ , Film4
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