Moulin Rouge (Movie - 2001) A whirling fantasia of rococo kitsch, set in the legendary Paris nightclub circa 1900. The spectacle of pop songs employed in a period setting speaks… Moulin Rouge (Movie - 2001) A whirling fantasia of rococo kitsch, set in the legendary Paris nightclub circa 1900. The spectacle of pop songs employed in a period setting speaks… 2001-06-01 2001-05-18 PG-13 PT126M Drama Musical Nicole Kidman Ewan McGregor Christine Anu Jim Broadbent Natalie Jackson Mendoza John Leguizamo Garry McDonald Kylie Minogue Caroline O'Connor Richard Roxburgh David Wenham Bazmark Films 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Movie Review

Moulin Rouge (2001)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jun 01, 2001; Limited Release: May 18, 2001; Rated: PG-13; Length: 126 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Musical; With: Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation; More

A whirling fantasia of rococo kitsch, set in the legendary Paris nightclub circa 1900. The spectacle of pop songs employed in a period setting speaks to us in a new and galvanizing way, but the movie also seems to have been made by a madman with a palm buzzer. The director, Baz Luhrmann, smashes all sense of time and space, so that the floor of the Moulin Rouge comes off as a bad-trip version of Studio 54 crossed with the Star Wars cantina. As the courtesan Satine, Nicole Kidman has an accomplished whiplash-dominatrix style but not, perhaps, the eccentric dynamism of a true star. She never quite connects with Ewan McGregor, who, as her bohemian lover, strikes the only notes of real emotion in the movie.

Originally posted Jun 01, 2001 Published in issue #598 Jun 01, 2001 Order article reprints
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