Dance films like Wim Wenders's innovative, kinetic "Pina" have now set a high barre, and by comparison the traditional talking-head style of this documentary seems primed for showings on public television.
David DeWitt - New York Times
A deeply archived and circumspect history of the Joffrey dance company, Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance does a perfect white swan but has trouble developing much of a personality.
Michelle Orange - Village Voice
Talk about a slow dance.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
Always informative yet never remotely original. The story gets told, we learn something, class dismissed.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
There's a lot of valuable information here, but for all the archival footage on view, dance is rarely allowed to make its effect.
Lewis Segal - Los Angeles Times
For all the juicy backstage stories and remarkable archival footage of early performances, the film still feels blandly affirmative.
Adam Nayman - The Grid
"Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance" is an exhilarating piece of dance history...
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
A bountiful feast for dance lovers, as well as a thrilling story of artistic endeavor for everyone to savor.
David Noh - Film Journal International
While the doc offers us a story that needs to be told, it does so in very non-Joffrey ways.
Diego Costa - Slant Magazine
Director Hercules doesn't show lots of muscle, preferring information to emotion, a curious choice in a movie about passionate people in an expressive art form, forever laboring for love.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)