100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A landmark musical movie -- controversial, mercurial, even cheeky. It's the kind of film that wildly divides audiences and critics -- people tend to either love or hate it. I loved it.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
An audacious, snappy visual and emotional feast of dishes both familiar and fresh. It's the first really good movie of 2001.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is all color and music, sound and motion, kinetic energy, broad strokes, operatic excess.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
A movie so cheeky, aggressive and bursting with vitality that it can't help being annoying and exhilarating at the same time.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
You get faux feelings -- but faux of the highest, giddiest order.
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70

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The grand becomes grandiose and the lyrical turns bombastic.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A movie you can't readily get out of your head.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The result is a musical that substitutes irony for pop passion, misanthropic disjointedness for lyrical flow.
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50

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The film musical is at the moment an even more devitalized art form than the Broadway musical. But Moulin Rouge doesn't revive it. It only rearranges the bones.
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38

USA Today

By Mike Clark
May be a spectacularly awful movie, but it's also spectacularly drenched in color, décor and other visual oh-la-la.
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66 out of 100
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