Cabaret (1972)

Adapted from the Broadway show, this hard-hitting musical drama is set in decadent 1930s Berlin during Hitler's rise to power. The film chronicles Cambridge student Brian Roberts' friendship with the high-spirited Sally Bowles, a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 13, 1972
DVD Release Date: April 28, 1998
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Great performances and evocative musical numbers help Cabaret secure its status as a stylish, socially conscious classic.

Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

Bob Fosse's direction is as chaotic as it was in his previous Sweet Charity, a desperate scramble after a style.

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Time Out

Superbly choreographed by Fosse, the cabaret numbers evoke the Berlin of 1931 - city of gaiety and perversion, of champagne and Nazi propaganda - so vividly that only an idiot could fail to perceive that something is rotten in the state of Weimar.

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Wilfrid Sheed
The New York Review of Books

The Bowles cycle is a gruesomely instructive guide to our worst show biz conventions.

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Variety Staff

The screenplay, which never seems to talk down to an audience while at the same time making its candid points with tasteful emphasis, returns the story to a variety of settings.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

...the context of Germany on the eve of the Nazi ascent to power makes the entire musical into an unforgettable cry of despair.

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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

A truly great movie adapted from truly great source material, but it achieves most of its greatness by thoroughly gutting and re-imagining that source.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Whatever this 1972 feature is, it's entertaining and stylish, though maybe not quite as serious as it wants to be.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

Everybody in Cabaret is very fine, and meticulously chosen for type, down to the last weary transvestite and to the least of the bland, blond open-faced Nazis in the background.

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Rob Vaux

"The Nazi musical," as star Liza Minnelli glibly put it, has felt pertinent for a long time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Liza Minnelli is fabulous and deserved the Oscar she won for her role in this delightful musical that offers great performances from the rest of the cast and… More
Aj V
Life is a cabaret, mien herr! This musical about a cabaret performer and her lovers was perfect for the 70s. I especially love York's performance in the… More
Devon Bott
Liza Minelli plays an annoying cabaret singer who turns a gay guy straight, gets pregnant (possibly by him, possibly by one of the other guys she was sleeping… More
Michael Gildea
Cabaret is just alright. Not really being a fan of musicals I'm slightly weirded out that I was entertained most by the grotesque musical numbers. The… More
Kevin Cookman
Incredibly immersive. The most upbeat, quirky tragedy around.
Spencer S.
Liza is Sally, and thousands of actresses are trying to prove they can play the part as well. The film is wonderfully adapted from the musical, and very true in… More

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