Madame Sousatzka
Madame Sousatzka (1988)

Shirley MacLaine is Madame Sousatzka, an aging piano instructor of Russian extraction. Entrenched in a dilapidated London rooming house, the Madame gives lessons only to the most gifted. She does not stop at mere instruction; Sousatzka… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 14, 1988
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

It's as affectionate, big-hearted and creaky as any film that ever graced Radio City Music Hall, with leisureliness and dime-store philosophizing to match.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

An extraordinary movie that loves music and loves the people it is about, and has the patience to do justice to both.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Enjoyable, well-acted drama.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

An intimate and amusing adaptation of Bernice Rubens' novel.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

Madame Sousatzka is a perfect one-woman show, and this show belongs to its star, Shirley MacLaine.

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Chris Hicks
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

[MacLaine's] funny, clever and wondrous to behold, and she carries Madame Sousatzka to heights that might not readily seem warranted by the script, which is composed of elements that might seem overly familiar.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

As charming and fanciful as it is impossible to pigeonhole.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

One of MacLaine's strongest, most colorful roles

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A piano teacher and a prodigy's mother vie for the pupil's devotion. In the canon of teacher films, this provides a new category, the pedagogy of… More