(2001)

Critic Reviews

66

Metascore

Based on 35 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Chicago Tribune
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.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
The movie is all color and music, sound and motion, kinetic energy, broad strokes, operatic excess.
88
New York Daily News
An audacious, snappy visual and emotional feast of dishes both familiar and fresh. It's the first really good movie of 2001.
75
A movie so cheeky, aggressive and bursting with vitality that it can't help being annoying and exhilarating at the same time.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
You get faux feelings -- but faux of the highest, giddiest order.
75
Christian Science Monitor
Some will find it exhilarating fun.
75
Miami Herald
It's impossible to watch this beautifully chaotic, excessive movie impassively. You'll either embrace what Luhrmann has done here or run out of the theater, holding your head.
70
Rolling Stone
The grand becomes grandiose and the lyrical turns bombastic.
70
Wall Street Journal
A movie you can't readily get out of your head.
67
Entertainment Weekly
The result is a musical that substitutes irony for pop passion, misanthropic disjointedness for lyrical flow.
38
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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