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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 - 9/10 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.
Boston Globe - 6/10 by Jay Carr With a score by Giorgio Moroder, and with ingenious costumes that are utterly au courant, Flashdance contains such dynamic dance scenes that it's a pity there's a story here to bog them down.
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.
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.
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.
Spirituality and Practice - 5/10 by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat A stylish, fast-paced let's-get-physical movie
Chicago Reader - 4/10 by Jonathan Rosenbaum Glitz with no mind and lots of fancy visuals, edited with a pounding beat.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - 4/10 by Stephen Godfrey Like Saturday Night Fever and, for that matter, the Rocky films, Flashdance has made it big by taking experiences of black youths and playing them in whiteface. But unlike its grittily romantic predecessors, Flashdance is pure glitz.
Christian Science Monitor - 4/10 by David Sterritt Punchy, cleverly stylized, but utterly empty.
Antagony & Ecstasy - 4/10 by Tim Brayton Crudely-made in just about every possible way, Flashdance has only nostalgia going for it.
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.

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