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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Director Nancy Buirski not only is able to give rare insights into the dance world but a compelling tale of love, friendship and perseverance. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Classical dance great Jacques d’Amboise calls Tanaquil LeClercq’s style a “path to heaven.” And this lovely documentary by Nancy Buirski makes clear that he’s right. show more

  • 88
    Chicago Sun-Times

    Strangely haunting, often heartbreaking. show more

  • 88

    While it does profile the work of brilliant dancer, the film also contains two complex and moving love stories as well an account of a physically devastating tragedy followed by an extraordinary tale of struggle and survival. show more

  • 75
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    Presents enough teasing glimpses into the dancer’s personal and inner life to demand a fuller picture. show more

  • 63
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    The story is something of a trap: Both irresistibly poignant and an invitation to wallow. show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Watching De Clercq dance is not only what Nancy Buirski’s uneven documentary does to best effect, it helps you understand the movie’s otherwise restrictive emphasis on the men who became obsessed by her, primarily her discoverer and husband George Balanchine and the dancer/choreographer Jerome Robbins. show more

  • 70
    Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic

    It is the mythic resonance of her story that makes it a worthy subject a documentary. But it is the down-to-earth human touches that make Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq worth watching. show more

  • 100
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    A spooky, heartbreaking documentary. show more

  • 80
    Stephanie Zacharek Village Voice

    Buirski clearly shows that the spark that made her great couldn't be snuffed out so easily. show more

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