Ailey

critic Reviews

, 89% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Ailey pays invigorating tribute to its subject's brilliant legacy -- and offers a tantalizing introduction to the rest of a fascinating story.
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    Moira MacDonaldSeattle Times
    You leave "Ailey" hoping that, somewhere, he's watching still.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    Poetic -- absolutely beautiful.
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    Steve DavisAustin Chronicle
    Though Ailey aptly demonstrates why this virtuoso should be remembered, it reveals little about the man himself, only sketchily delving into his adult personal life.
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    Chris VognarSan Francisco Chronicle
    A haunting portrait of what it means to be an artist - from the triumphs to the empty, lonely feeling that you're never as good as you're supposed to be.
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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    Best absorbed as an elegant, impressionistic primer, a chance to bask in his mastery of movement and dance, as framed by those near enough to him to know what it took out of him to gift it to the world.
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    Annabel AguiarWashington Post
    The film brings a more human understanding of a figure so noteworthy he has earned mononym status for the title.
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    Joe NolanNashville Scene
    Along with all the incredible dancing - Ailey is at its best as a document of obsessive genius and relentless creative production.
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    Robert W. ButlerButler's Cinema Scene
    Only an artistic genius could have pulled off Ailey's achievements. But the person behind the genius? Hidden.
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    Shawn EdwardsFox 4 Kansas City
    It's poignant, powerful and balanced... A really great documentary.
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    Michael CalleriNiagara Gazette
    "Ailey" is a richly explored tale of artistic triumph. Ailey, himself, was a stern dance company impresario, but he enthusiastically exuded a love of the art form to his dancers and the legions of followers of his celebrated company.
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