Flashdance (1983)

Jennifer Beals stars as Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel-mill welder by day, and bar dancer by night. Harboring dreams of a career in ballet, she is given financial support in this endeavor by her boss Nick Hurley (Michael Nouri) and moral… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1983
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: All style and very little substance, Flashdance boasts eye-catching dance sequences -- and benefits from an appealing performance from Jennifer Beals -- but its narrative is flat-footed.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Unlike its grittily romantic predecessors, Flashdance is pure glitz.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Depressing to think that this was a huge hit on the back of the Irene Cara hit single, since there's absolutely nothing to it.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Director Adrian Lyne caught the post-disco visual mood of the time to win over even the most cynical viewer.

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James Berardinelli

Flashdance might be considered one of the first signs of Hollywood's Apocalypse.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Jennifer Beals shouldn't feel bad. She is a natural talent, she is fresh and engaging here, and only needs to find an agent with a natural talent for turning down scripts.

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People Magazine

This spirited rock musical about a young factory worker go-go dancer in Pittsburgh who aspires to be a ballerina is the best kind of adolescent fantasy: colorful, involving and full of leaping, prancing energy.

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Variety Staff

Virtually plotless, exceedingly thin on characterization and sociologically laughable, pic at least lives up to its title by offering an anthology of extraordinarily flashy dance numbers.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The story doesn't help Miss Beals either, because she's at her least convincing when having to register any emotion other than rapture.

Total Film

It's the electrifying body-doubled dance numbers that really stick.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Beals has talent and charisma but she cannot save a paper-thin plot (full of unnecessary scenes and secondary characters) that is only an excuse for a long… More
Manu Gino
Take your passion... And make it happen! Good movie! Flashdance is one of those must see movies if you wanna see the important films of the 80's. I just… More
Daniel Perry
Montages! A soundtrack! A vague semblance of a plot! Yuck. So many movies have done the "working class kid has one dream and does everything for it"… More
Lady D'arbanville
Such a well known 80's film and yet this is my first viewing! Of course the iconic soundtrack is instantly recognisable, as are some of the dance moves… More
Nicki Marie
Really is light on plot, but couldn't hate it. Cute 80's movie. Most of the dancing is cheesy, but some is interesting. Ending is cute. Extra star for… More
Bethany Murphy
Another classic 80's movie! A must see!