Moulin Rouge!
Moulin Rouge! (2001)

The third film from pop-music-obsessed director Baz Luhrmann tweaks the conventions of the musical genre by mixing a period romance with anachronistic dialogue and songs in the style of his previous Romeo+Juliet (1996). Ewan McGregor stars… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 16, 2001
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A love-it-or-hate-it experience, Moulin Rouge is all style, all giddy, over-the-top spectacle. But it's also daring in its vision and wildly original.

Todd McCarthy

Moulin Rouge is a tour de force of artifice, a dazzling pastiche of musical and visual elements at the service of a blatantly artificial story.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

[Luhrmann] gives you way too much of what you didn't really want in the first place: soulless high jinks.

David Keyes

One of the great movie spectacles of this generation, an undertaking of vast scope made all the more fascinating by how it transforms commonplace undercurrents into rich sensations for every frame it possesses the screen.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Mr. Luhrmann and his colleagues have worked like whirling dervishes to make the plot look like it's moving.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The net result of all this cinematic whirling, of the "wrong" music and of the parodic plot, is that nothing at all in the film moves us.

Andrew Collins
Radio Times

You will either fall in love with every camp flourish, or find yourself exhausted after 20 minutes. It's a singular achievement either way.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

If it lacks the emotional punch of Luhrmann's earlier films, and drags towards the end, it is still great fun.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The film dances; the heart sings.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

It's still a one-of-a-kind, we'll give it that. But its sense of fun is so relentless and excessive, it all ends up being extremely tedious and shallow.

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Melvin White
Christian: The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.  "This Story Is About Freedom" Moulin Rouge is a film… More
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Matthew Slaven
This reminded me of Michel Gondry's playful visionary style (The Science of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), but with a much bigger budget.… More
Daniel Mumby
Moulin Rouge! raises an interesting question: is it possible for a film to be simultaneously a genuine favourite and a guilty pleasure? All attempts to make… More
jay nixon
Based on set & costume design alone this is a five star movie but the story doesn't have one original idea and is stretched out to no purpose. Jim… More