Moulin Rouge!
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The third film from pop-music-obsessed director Baz Luhrmann tweaks the conventions of the musical genre by mixing a period romance with anachronistic dialogue and songs in the style of his previous Romeo+Juliet (1996). Ewan McGregor stars as Christian, who leaves behind his bourgeois father during the French belle époque of the late 1890s to seek his fortunes in the bohemian underworld of Montmartre, Paris. Christian meets the absinthe- and alcohol-addicted artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo), who introduces him to a world of sex, drugs, music, theater, and the scandalous dance… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"Moulin Rouge is a tour de force of artifice, a dazzling pastiche of musical and visual elements at the service of a blatantly artificial story."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"[Luhrmann] gives you way too much of what you didn't really want in the first place: soulless high jinks."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"You will either fall in love with every camp flourish, or find yourself exhausted after 20 minutes. It's a singular achievement either way."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"Sensual ravishment, indeed."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Dazzling musical romance for teens."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Mr. Luhrmann and his colleagues have worked like whirling dervishes to make the plot look like it's moving."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The net result of all this cinematic whirling, of the "wrong" music and of the parodic plot, is that nothing at all in the film moves us."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"It's still a one-of-a-kind, we'll give it that. But its sense of fun is so relentless and excessive, it all ends up being extremely tedious and shallow."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"A genuinely exhilarating experience. Moulin Rouge is like the best party ever, to the power of 10."
‑ , Film4
"Vibrant, luxurious, full of razzle-dazzle fantasy and a delicious visual feast, yes, but watching it is rather like devouring a box of expensive chocolates in one go."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"If it lacks the emotional punch of Luhrmann's earlier films, and drags towards the end, it is still great fun."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The film dances; the heart sings."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"An honest, heartfelt paean to good old-fashioned love that's audacious in its wide-eyed passion, innocent love of fun and sheer showmanship."
‑ Andrew Lowry, Total Film
"[A] tour de farce of trivia and Traviata, of tragic love and deliberate banality."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Moulin Rouge! is a movie that works hard to earn that exclamation point after it."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
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