Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet
Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet (2002)

The Paris Opera Ballet has long been one of the most respected ballet companies in France, and many of the nation's most gifted dancers vie for the privilege of performing there. This documentary offers an intimate look at the men and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A much better documentary -- more revealing, more emotional and more surprising -- than its pedestrian English title would have you believe.

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Christine Temin
Boston Globe

This is art paying homage to art.

Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

Candid and comfortable; a film that deftly balances action and reflection as it lets you grasp and feel the passion others have for their work.

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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly

A thoughtful, reverent portrait of what is essentially a subculture, with its own rules regarding love and family, governance and hierarchy.

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Clive Barnes
New York Post

Muddled, simplistic and more than a little pretentious.

Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

Delivers roughly equal amounts of beautiful movement and inside information.

Octavio Roca
San Francisco Chronicle

There are touching moments in Etoiles, but for the most part this is a dull, dour documentary on what ought to be a joyful or at least fascinating subject.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Like leafing through an album of photos accompanied by the sketchiest of captions.

David Noh
Film Journal International

It jumps around with little logic or continuity, presenting backstage bytes of information that never amount to a satisfying complete picture of this particular, anciently demanding métier.

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