The Dancer Upstairs
The Dancer Upstairs (2002)

As a Latin American nation nears collapse under a highly organized terrorist movement, idealistic policeman Agustin Rejas faces the greatest challenge of his career: to catch the mysterious guerilla leader Ezequiel. The brains behind the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 20, 2002
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Javier Bardem is compelling in the lead role as a police detective in search of a violent, mysterious politcal radical, and as a director, John Malkovich proves adept at crafting a suspenseful mood.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The Dancer Upstairs is, like its director, sleek, mysterious and intelligent. But until its last-half hour or so, it is also, unfortunately, mind-numbing.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Moving, melancholy, and, yes, political.

Philip Kerr
New Statesman

The Dancer Upstairs is intelligently scripted, beautifully photographed, nicely paced and well-acted.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

It thrives on the hush before the explosion instead of its aftermath, and it's that eerie sense of expectation that gives the film its thick aura of suspense.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Reflects its director, being intelligent and elegantly turned-out but distant.

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Emanuel Levy

Though flawed and listless as a political drama or thriller, Malkovich's feature debut deserves credit for itis ambition and for tackling an overtly political theme (guerrilla wars in Peru), a rare sight in today's indie milieu.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It is not revolutionary, but it brims with promise and a love of film, and is a fine if worried dance indeed.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Bardem's performance lingers in ways that give the movie resonance.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Em sua estréia na direção, Malkovich conduz a história com segurança e sem exibicionismo, enquanto Bardem oferece mais uma grande atuação.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
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A hugely promising directorial debut by John Malkovich, this is a stunning political thriller. Javier Bardem is perfect as an ambitious police captain, saddled… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
A very solid directorial effort from Malkovich, with flaws and everything. Bardem is spot on in the main role.
Al S
An intelligent, riveting, tense and nerve wrecking thriller. skillful and remarkable. Malkovich gives and outstanding directional debut. Javier Bardem delivers… More