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A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

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EmanuelLevy.Com - 8/10 by Emanuel Levy A simplistic fairy tale, directed by Lyne in a trashy, superficially glitzy style, with pretense to realism in its on-location shooting and a woman who works as a welder, and the kind of postmodernism that's mostly evident in the heroine's name, Alex.
Time Out - 6/10 by Trevor Johnston Depressing to think that this was a huge hit on the back of the Irene Cara hit single, since there's absolutely nothing to it.
7M Pictures - 6/10 by Kevin Carr a beautiful piece of retro culture
Radio Times - 6/10 by Alan Jones Director Adrian Lyne caught the post-disco visual mood of the time to win over even the most cynical viewer.
Boston Globe - 6/10 by Jay Carr Flashdance makes liberal use of jump cuts, strobe lighting and hard-edged, post-punk chic in its dance sequences, it registers as the end product of energy being released by an essentially lyrical temperament. It charms us, makes us want to refrain from scrutinizing it too closely. [31 Jul 1983, p.1]
Variety - 5/10 by Variety Staff Virtually plotless, exceedingly thin on characterization and sociologically laughable, pic at least lives up to its title by offering an anthology of extraordinarily flashy dance numbers.
ReelViews - 5/10 by James Berardinelli Flashdance might be considered one of the first signs of Hollywood's Apocalypse.
New York Times - 4/10 by Janet Maslin The story doesn't help Miss Beals either, because she's at her least convincing when having to register any emotion other than rapture.
Christian Science Monitor - 4/10 by Unknown Punchy, cleverly stylized, but utterly empty yarn about a feisty young woman who welds by day, disco-dances by night, and dreams of the day when she can devote her life to her art.
Antagony & Ecstasy - 4/10 by Tim Brayton Crudely-made in just about every possible way, Flashdance has only nostalgia going for it.
Christian Science Monitor - 4/10 by David Sterritt Punchy, cleverly stylized, but utterly empty.
Chicago Sun-Times - 4/10 by Roger Ebert If Flashdance had spent just a little more effort getting to know the heroine of its story, and a little less time trying to rip off "Saturday Night Fever," it might have been a much better film.

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