• Released
  • December 10, 1985
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 53 min
  • Music/Performing Arts
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is one of the most intelligent and compelling movie musicals in a long time - and the most grown up.
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Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
A classic play has been reduced a decent movie. It's a shame it couldn't be as good as the play; it's a small pleasure that it's as entertaining as it is. [20 Dec 1985]
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Chorus often seems static and confined, rarely venturing beyond the immediate. Attenborough merely films the stage show as best he could.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Richard Attenborough's film version of the long-running Broadway musical hit A Chorus Line not only avoids the disaster that many had predicted for it, but is often surprisingly effective and enjoyable, transcending its troubled history. [20 Dec 1985]
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Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Richard Attenborough's direction achieves that balance of impersonality and brisk pacing we've come to recognize as "professionalism," and he doesn't clog up the dancing with too many stylistic gimmicks.
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TV Guide

Director Attenborough's film version has a couple of pleasant numbers which serve as oases amidst the dullness.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Attenborough has done what nobody thought possible - recreate a classic without raping and pillaging the original, though Chorus Line purists will find plenty to moan about. [20 Dec 1985]
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By Richard Corliss
The film, though, lies dormant in its own decency.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
On film, Bennett's bouncing brainchild is Richard Attenborough's Workout Tape, love story attached; the specificity is gone. The 16 auditioning dancers could be any people or all people. [11 Dec 1985]
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Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
When director Richard Attenborough isn't mangling dance numbers, he's focusing on a love story expressed almost entirely by means of close-ups of moony faces and teary eyes. [12 Dec 1985]
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46 out of 100
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