The White Crow

critic Reviews

67% Fresh Tomatometer Score67%
  • The White Crow lacks the nimble grace of its subject, but as a reasonably diverting primer on a pivotal period in the life of a brilliant artist, it just about sticks the landing.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I am found myself fairly taken in with this just as a [straightforward], good, sensible drama.
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    Jake WilsonThe Age (Australia)
    The film gives the impression that much of Fiennes' attention went into working with Ivenko on shaping the details of this portrait -- and it is psychologically convincing, whether or not it has much to do with the real man.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    Fiennes' drab biopic of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev drains the color from his life, and comes across as cold as a Soviet winter.
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    Chris HewittMinneapolis Star Tribune
    Ultimately, "The White Crow" seems tailored to appeal to moviegoers who are already fans of Nureyev's idiosyncratic dancing and want to know more about how it got that way.
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    Martha SchabasGlobe and Mail
    The film may go to lengths to tell us that Nureyev was sensational to watch, but we don't experience much of this power or magnetism as viewers.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Moira MacDonaldSeattle Times
    It's a movie full of small pleasures, such as the Polaroid-ish softness of the cinematography, Fiennes' quietly noble performance as Nureyev's mentor Pushkin, and the glimpses of the ballet studios...
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    Doris ToumarkineFilmDINGHY.com
    Quite a technical achievement. Beautifully shot and with all authentic or authentic-looking locations...
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    Matt CipollaThe Spool
    Just like how Pushkin asks why artists plunge so much into their craft, I couldn't help but ask why Fiennes and Hare wanted to tell this story.
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    Julian Lytleidobi.com
    The White Crow is a decent film giving light to an artist you might not know and humanizes him along the way.
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    M.V. MoorheadPhoenix Magazine
    In the last half-hour, at just about the point that you're as sick of Nureyev as his KGB chaperones must have been, the movie takes off irresistibly as a thriller.
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