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Moulin Rouge Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A landmark musical movie -- controversial, mercurial, even cheeky. It's the kind of film that wildly divides audiences and critics -- people tend to either love or hate it. I loved it.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    May be a spectacularly awful movie, but it's also spectacularly drenched in color, décor and other visual oh-la-la.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The result is a musical that substitutes irony for pop passion, misanthropic disjointedness for lyrical flow.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A movie you can't readily get out of your head.

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is all color and music, sound and motion, kinetic energy, broad strokes, operatic excess.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Dazzling musical romance for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, though the film, on paper, sounds a bit too mature for even teens (seduction and obfuscation are employed to raise money for a club), it's really quite a tender love story that features little to no nudity, fairly clean language (though there is plenty of sexual innuendo), and a sweet message about the power of love.

  • Families can talk about why Satine enjoys her job as a courtesan (or if she actually does). Can anyone really be happy pursuing fame using one's physical charms? What attracts her to Christian, and vice-versa? Why is Hollywood enamored of opposites-attract themes? Are Satine and Christian truly destined for each other?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A courtesan seduces a man whom she thinks has plenty of money to invest in her show. In turn, that man treats her like property. A club owner sees nothing wrong in pimping out his star to get an investor for his shows. Characters drink absinthe and other alcoholic beverages, lie (for a good cause, mind you), fight, but, in the end the movie's soft and gooey center is revealed through incessant discussions about the power of love.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Zidler flashes a gun. A few fistfights.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Satine, who prances around in lingerie, fakes an orgasm while Christian recites poetry. She also kneels in front of a man she's trying to seduce, as if mimicking a sexual position. Some kissing and straddling between couples. Lots of innuendoes and repartee; for example: Christian: "I'm just a little nervous....It's just that sometimes it takes awhile ugh..." Satine: "Ohhhh..." Christian: "For, you know, inspiration to come." Satine: "Oh yes, yes, yes...Let mommy help, hmm? Does that inspire you? Let's make love!"

  • language false0

    Language: Fairly innocuous. "Pish" is about as colorful as it gets, though there are tons of sexual innuendoes.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Bacchanalia at various parties include smoking and drinking. Christian and his bohemian friends drink absinthe and subsequently have hallucinations.