“Express Yourself With Your Body”
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
- New York Times
The power and intelligence of Bausch's approach, which at times seems more cerebral than sensual, is communicated.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
It's an immensely attractive film that uses 3D interestingly to create theatrical space and it makes one want to learn more about Bausch and the development of her art.
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
A tremendous film that sets out to make the new 3D technology an integral part of what is being created - a film with clarity and passion.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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
- Globe and Mail
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
Wim Wenders' stylish 3D mirrors the bizarrely captivating world of choreographer Pina Bausch.
Deborah Young - Hollywood Reporter
Pina is, in every way, a moving experience.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Whether you're familiar with Pina Bausch's work or not, the new film "Pina" is a knockout.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
a stark, invigorating reminder that great art never dies with the artist
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The creative marriage of two real artists, Pina and Wim, turns out better than even a Dale Carnegie bred optimist could hope for
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
...as beautiful as it is perplexing.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Joy, anger, terror, grief - the entire range of human experience can be found in these dances.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Wenders usa sua propria forma de expressao artistica (o Cinema) para recriar e enriquecer a obra de Bausch.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Mondern-dance documentary is visually dazzling but it doesn't make the slightest effort to invite the unconverted to the party.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
'Undefeated' won the Oscar, but the most truly inspiring of the Documentary Feature nominees is 'Pina.' I know next to nothing about dance, and I was mesmerized.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Watching Pina is like being inside one of Bausch's surreal pieces.
Jordan Levin - Miami Herald
The 3-D is so subtle, unobtrusive and low-key that at times I felt like I was watching the movie through a View-Master rather than the requisite plastic glasses. That's not meant as a knock.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Most documentaries put us inside people's heads. The dazzling, experimental Pina puts us inside people's feet.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
"Pina" isn't just for dance fans or those curious about the latest in 3-D. It's a celebration of life.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bring someone who doubts that movies can surprise us anymore. ... Bring somebody who isn't yet excited about stereoscopic cinema. They'll change their minds.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
[An] utterly transfixing, exhilarating spectacle of bodies in motion.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Outsiders might have more difficulty comprehending Bausch's mastery, especially whacked up into bite-sized pieces of inscrutable emotion and abrupt movement.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Dance fans won't want to miss it, but be prepared to be frustrated almost as often as you're awed.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A unique and often sublime artistic experience, "Pina" is a 3-D dance film that immerses us in the movement, letting us feel that we could reach out and touch these dancers as they float past us.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
An immersive moviegoing experience beyond imagination.
Steve Ramos - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Exciting if elusive - appealing to dance enthusiasts
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Wenders and the Tanztheater company have combined to offer a masterful tribute to Bausch's unique vision, one that's enhanced by 3D.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A spectacular show of movement and stagecraft.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Sans 3D, Pina becomes a more unified work of undisputed merits, a passionate, fitting tribute from one of Europe's preeminent filmmakers and documentarians.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Suggests thrilling new possibilities for the marriage of movies and dance.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Wenders, who so wanted to see the world through Pina's eyes, has done something even better. He's allowed posterity to see her world, and in a way as breathtaking as the work itself.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
This seems like a ripping good idea. In practice, "Pina" turns out to have a few problems.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Even for someone who would rather count sheep than attend a ballet, these scenes are nothing short of astonishing, beautifully presenting dance's ability to depict words.
Matt Pais - RedEye
A milestone in dance and 3D filmmaking.
Ann Lewinson - Boston Phoenix
You won't hear the names Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor or Bob Fosse breathed herein.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
An exhilarating experience, both in its celebration of Bausch's groundbreaking work and in the thrilling way that Wenders captures it on camera.
Alonso Duralde - The Wrap
This is a stunning film, a glorious homage to modern dance and one of its premier authors and the best justification of 3D technology to date.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It's not an overview of Bausch's career or a statement on her art, but a celebration of her work and the dancers who bring it to life.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
With a breakout use of 3D for artistic rather than solely commercial blockbuster purposes, German director Wim Wenders gives extraordinary life to the work of choreographer Pina Bausch.
Marsha McCreadie - Film Journal International
From the hauntingly beautiful to the scary, Pina Bausch's post-modern dance sparkles in 3D.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
It's an enchanting film, one that makes you feel you are missing something dear if you don't dance or appreciate it as an art form.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
An often exhilarating, lively, magical and breathtaking experience of Pina Bausch's art.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
A welcome departure from the by-the-numbers fossilization in today's documentary deluge.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Thanks to 3D technology it's dance film quite unlike any other, which was filmmaker Wim Wenders' intention, and it's a transporting experience for the uninitiated and the cognoscenti alike.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
An amazing and appealing 3D documentary by the inimitable Wim Wenders on the innovative dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
...filmmaking as glorious music.
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
Less a strict documentary than a heartfelt - and visually gorgeous - celebration of Bausch's work and her mode of working.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Pina belongs in the rare category of adventurous material matched with a thrillingly immersive form -- suck it, Avatar.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
Beyond a nostalgic tribute for cognoscenti, this visually stunning film is a terrific introduction. It will be an essential resource and inspiration for future dance fans.
Nora Lee Mandel - Film-Forward.com
An interest in modern dance isn't necessary to enjoy the film.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
No es una pelicula sobre Pina Bausch sino para Pina Bausch, una suerte de hermoso tributo o regalo que le hacen (y que nos hacen) sus bailarines de la mano de un director que filma como los dioses.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Richly cinematic, using the camera to direct our attention, change our perspective, and significantly alter our sense of the space and the shape of the dancer's bodies.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Unlike so many 3D films, Pina is a prime example of how big a difference the process can make to the film-going experience.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
By virtue of its subject alone, enthusiasts of modern dance will devour Pina. If it was in a bottle, they'd drink every drop; if it was in a squeeze-tube, they would rub it on their skin.
Jaime N. Christley - Slant Magazine
. Wenders puts state-of-the-art 3D technology to ideal usage in capturing the dynamic vibrancy of transformative dance numbers that reveal the personalities of the individual dancers, as well as the bold vision of their artistic muse.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Wim Wenders' tribute to (and for) the legendary choreographer Pina Bausch (who I have met several times) captures vividly the artist and her work, while putting to great use the 3D technology.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Pina is ... a marvel, with Wenders making at-times-visionary use of the 3D technology, treating the frame like a stage with multiple planes of action.
Noel Murray - AV Club
The whole range of human emotion is expressed and experienced during this film, making it a sublime cinematic accomplishment.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
3D feels suddenly human after you use it to watch Pina.
Craig Mathieson - sbs.com.au
It's a performance film that crystallises Bausch's style in a series of dance pieces amplified by interviews about her personality, methods and inspirations.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
There's no doubting the skill with which Wenders has brought them to the screen, and his use of 3D is ravishing. Interviews with the dancers are well shot, too, and beautifully integrated into an outstanding film about the art of the dance.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
Exuberantly uses dance to flex 3D's potential and 3D to make dance thrill cinematically.
Kevin Harley - Total Film
As a showcase for her work the film is extremely impressive and the 3D technology is put to spectacular use.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
With cinemas already overrun with rubbish 3D movies, Wim Wenders' first foray into faux-immersive filmmaking distinguishes itself by featuring the worst use of the technology thus far.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
It's an austere testament, though plainly heartfelt, and perhaps just what the lady herself would have appreciated.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
What this film shows, beyond reasonable doubt, is that here was some sort of genius - and here is a film-maker who knows it.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Proves that a third dimension can be more much more than icing on the cake.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
The 3D adds a depth and clarity to the images that is entirely cinematic.
Andrew Collins - Radio Times
Hopefully Pina will be the first of many to build a bridge between 3D and arthouse cinema.
Zara Miller - Little White Lies
Wenders slowly grows in confidence with his subject matter, lyrically exploring how dance can represent all known human emotions.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Your eyes fall out of your head. You find yourself in and out of a trance, considering the thousand layers of depth through the surface of the screen.
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
The beauty of Wenders's film is that his imagery and gaze on Bausch's work has the same essential, uncluttered and wryly funny quality as the work itself.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
A film so breath-takingly indulgent that even the phrase '3D arthouse film about modern dance' doesn't do it justice.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
It's a surprise to see Wim Wenders embracing 3D in its full, feature-length glory but the medium works well to capture the graceful swirl of the German choreographer's work.
David Hughes - Empire Magazine