The Dancer Upstairs

The Dancer Upstairs
The Dancer Upstairs
  • R
  • 2h 13m
  • 2003
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This taut political thriller set in Latin America marks John Malkovich's explosive directorial debut. Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem stars as legit policeman Agustin Rejas, who faces the greatest challenge of his career - to catch the leader of a terrorist movement threatening to collapse his government, while being stopped at every turn by his own corrupt superiors. As the fight becomes more ferocious, Rejas' search brings him ever closer to the guerrilla leader. But when, amidst the chaos, he falls in love with his daughter's ballet teacher (Laura Morante), Rejas must choose between his heart, his country, and his own well-being.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The Dancer Upstairs benefits from a talented cast and alluring intelligence, although pacing problems prevent this John Malkovich-directed mystery from reaching its full potential.
Almar Haflidason

June 17, 2017
Orlando Sentinel
Jay Boyar

The Dancer Upstairs is, like its director, sleek, mysterious and intelligent. But until its last-h...

January 29, 2019
Miami Herald
Rene Rodriguez

It thrives on the hush before the explosion instead of its aftermath, and it's that eerie sense of...

January 29, 2019
Detroit News
Tom Long

It is not revolutionary, but it brims with promise and a love of film, and is a fine if worried da...

January 29, 2019
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:May 2, 2003
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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