Pina Reviews

  • So this is what 3-D is capable of when used for art rather than the commerce of hiking ticket prices and repurposing cartoons!

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The power and intelligence of Bausch's approach, which at times seems more cerebral than sensual, is communicated.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • What might seem like a convenient bid for publicity - the first 3-D art-house film! - turns out to be the only logical way to showcase the action.

    Stephanie Merry — Washington Post

  • What the filmmaker has created is an inspired simulacrum - a jewel-box that contains more of Bausch's kinetic soul than film has any right to.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Pina gives us the supreme pleasure of watching fascinating bodies of widely varying ages in motion, whether leaping, falling, catching, diving, grieving, or exulting.

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • An intimate and ravishingly filmed tribute to German dancer Pina Bausch.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Combines a haunting elegy for the avant-garde choreographer Pina Bausch with a wondrously surreal evocation of her work.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Pina is a tribute of an artist by an artist, a friend to a friend. But its great genius comes from the mournful, as well as celebratory, reckoning of the performers Bausch pushed, collaborated with and inspired.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The question is, What do you get from Pina that you could not get from watching the Tanztheater live? Answer: More than you could possibly believe.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • I watched the film in a sort of reverie.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Pina"is the best possible tribute to Bausch, and to adventurous image-making.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Crane and steadycam allow Wenders to get so close to the action that in the minimalist Cafe Muller, one's illusion of being on stage is uncanny.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • This meditation on movement and space, transportation and transcendence is not to be missed.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A remarkable -- and likely enduring -- tribute to an artist committed to creating dance theater drawn from humanity's deepest physical and emotional reserves.

    Caroline Palmer — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • For anyone with an interest in dance, "Pina" is a must-see. For anyone not interested in contemporary dance, "Pina" is a should-see. It could change your mind.

    Richard Nilsen — Arizona Republic

  • A tribute to Pina Bausch, one of modern dance's most groundbreaking choreographers, pic lets the artist's work speak for itself via big, juicy slabs of performance.

    Leslie Felperin — Variety

  • It should appeal to dance mavens, and to folks who have no idea what a pas de deux is.

    V.A. Musetto — New York Post

  • We are among these dancers in their pain and joy and longing. We hear them breathe, feel the heat of their skin, smell their sweat, sense the pounding of their hearts, the ache in their thighs and feet.

    Greg Quill — Toronto Star

  • Using 3-D in as ungimmicky a way as possible, Wenders wants simply to immerse viewers in the dance, with all its physicality, protruding collar bones and earthy colours.

    Guy Dixon — Globe and Mail

  • A movie that does more than demolish the invisible wall between film and dance; it breaks the barrier that intervenes, even at a live performance, between seat and stage.

    Daniel Engber — Slate

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