All That Jazz
All That Jazz (1979)

"It's showtime!" In this part film clef, part musical phantasmagoria, director/choreographer Bob Fosse takes a Felliniesque look at the life of a driven entertainer. Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider, channeling Fosse) is the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 20, 1979
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Bob Fosse and star Roy Scheider are at the top of their games in this dazzling, self-aware stage drama about a death obsessed director-choreographer.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

By the time the film is over, the movie has degenerated with a jaundiced vengeance. Fosse's sour, grandstanding cynicism imposed an intolerable burden of self-pity on his talent, our compassion and the tradition of the backstage musical.

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Variety Staff

A self-important, egomaniacal, wonderfully choreographed, often compelling film which portrays the energetic life, and preoccupation with death, of a director-choreographer.

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Sean Burns
The ARTery

The most beautifully fluid of Fosse and Heim's collaborations, it's the raucous fantasia of a spectacularly horny man who can't stop drinking, drugging and screwing around, even when he's at death's door.

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Frank Rich
TIME Magazine

Though Scheider is a wry, sensitive actor, he soon gets lost in the vulgar theatrics.

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Time Out

It's very pleased with itself.

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J.C. Maek III

Fosse fans, Broadway fans, and those fascinated with film will find quite a lot to admire, however, those expecting a fun musical romp will need to inquire elsewhere and at some other time and place.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Almost every scene is excruciating (and a few are appalling), yet the film stirs an obscene fascination with its rapid, speed-freak cutting and passionate psychological striptease.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Some of it makes you wince, but a lot of it is great fun.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

All That Jazz is one of the most self-indulgent movies ever made-but blessedly so.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
One of the best films I ever watched in my life.
Alice Shen
Clever flashback structure with Angelique on the cluttered "backstage" of Joe's life, sexy and sexual choreography (as expected from Fosse),… More
Daniel Perry
Decent depiction of the toll the daily grind of putting together a new show takes on a director, and the tension between the drive to produce original art and… More
Jim Hunter
A philandering, chain-smoking choreographer struggles with heart problems, both real and figurative, as he attempts to mount another Broadway hit. What an… More
Kevin M. Williams
Imagine a vain dancer admiring himself while moving between two mirrors and you've an idea of this work, only that dancer is Bob Fosse, a reality show all… More
Morgan Salem
The last 45 minutes or so of this show were very very good. The last 15 minutes FANTASIC! I loved it...If you love broadway, showbusiness, choreography ect. You… More

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