The Business of Fancydancing
The Business of Fancydancing (2002)

Shot on digital video and taking its title from his 1992 book of poetry, Sherman Alexie's The Business of Fancydancing is a portrait of the conflicted relationship between two Native American men. Aristotle Joseph (Gene Tagaban) and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: July 8, 2003
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janice Page
Boston Globe

Feels a bit like a racy after-school special.

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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly

Alexie's relatively novel take on the quintessentially American story of being stranded between cultures is compelling.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

...laudable, if occasionally muddled and overlong...

David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter

Where it goes wrong is in the combination of poetic sensibilities and run-of-the-mill narrative cinema.

Megan Turner
New York Post

Pretentious when it should be penetrating, spasmodic when it means to be lyrical.

Doug Brunell
Film Threat

This film makes it abundantly clear what happens to those who leave whatever culture they are part of, whether it be an ethnic group, a sexual group or an educational sphere.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

It bristles with a passion and intelligence too intense to allow the film's style to seem pretentious.

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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times

An often affecting, low-budget melodrama that is occasionally sabotaged by its economy of means.

Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

An admirable DIY production, but [one] whose stylistic overreaches and poor execution drown out its aims and substance. Also, it's just pretty damn boring at times.

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Leo L
A captivating film!