Flashdance
Flashdance

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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]
ReelViews - 5/10 by James Berardinelli Flashdance might be considered one of the first signs of Hollywood's Apocalypse.
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.
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.
Chicago Sun-Times - 4/10 by Roger Ebert Jennifer Beals shouldn't feel bad. She is a natural talent, she is fresh and engaging here, and only needs to find an agent with a natural talent for turning down scripts.
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.
Variety - 4/10 by Unknown Watching Flashdance is pretty much like looking at MTV for 96 minutes. 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.

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