Behind the Burly Q Synopsis
The golden age of burlesque is revealed through personal and intimate stories from the performers.
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Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
The women's outspoken commentaries prove consistently colorful and their long-ago stripteases -- feathers flying, tassels spinning -- still...
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70

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
A charming, uncritical, often entertaining jumble, the documentary was written and directed by Leslie Zemeckis.
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70

Village Voice

Leslie Zemeckis's slightly ramshackle but utterly entertaining Behind the Burly Q is a painstakingly researched love letter to the women...
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

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A love note to '30s-era burlesque that plays best for those already invested enough in the milieu to hang on every word of aged strippers.
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60

NPR

By Bob Mondello
Behind the Burly Q traces that history all the way back to the early part of the 20th century, but doesn't really come into its own until...
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The real stars of this film are the same ones who stole every show -- women who once boasted names like Tempest Storm, Candy Cotton and...
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60

Chicago Reader

By Cliff Doerksen
Though frustratingly superficial and shot through a nostalgic, rose-colored lens, this enthralling 2010 doc opens a wider window on...
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50

Boxoffice Magazine

By Sara Schieron
This doc contributes to the small collection of films on burlesque something more self-aware looks at the matter don't: an exposition of...
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
You hear some nostalgia, but with most of them you don't get the idea that if they had the chance they'd do it all again.
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40

Time Out New York

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The sauciest of anecdotes are illustrated with faded vintage photos, all tiresomely filtered through the Ken Burns roving-cam effect and...
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