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  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The real stars of this film are the same ones who stole every show -- women who once boasted names like Tempest Storm, Candy Cotton and Lady Midnight. Their stories are alternately tragic and inspiring, and often very funny. show more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A love note to '30s-era burlesque that plays best for those already invested enough in the milieu to hang on every word of aged strippers. show more

  • 60
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Behind the Burly Q traces that history all the way back to the early part of the 20th century, but doesn't really come into its own until Zemeckis can interview the stars themselves rather than their children. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    You hear some nostalgia, but with most of them you don't get the idea that if they had the chance they'd do it all again. show more

  • 50
    Sara Schieron Boxoffice Magazine

    This doc contributes to the small collection of films on burlesque something more self-aware looks at the matter don't: an exposition of the messy history of a complex popular art that still leaves us with much to explore. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    The sauciest of anecdotes are illustrated with faded vintage photos, all tiresomely filtered through the Ken Burns roving-cam effect and making for one chaste and unsexy cultural portrait--the biggest tease of them all. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    Leslie Zemeckis's slightly ramshackle but utterly entertaining Behind the Burly Q is a painstakingly researched love letter to the women and men who once made up the community of burlesque performers. show more

  • 70
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    A charming, uncritical, often entertaining jumble, the documentary was written and directed by Leslie Zemeckis. show more

  • 70
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    The women's outspoken commentaries prove consistently colorful and their long-ago stripteases -- feathers flying, tassels spinning -- still pack a sensual, sassy, what-the-hell punch. show more

  • 60
    Cliff Doerksen Chicago Reader

    Though frustratingly superficial and shot through a nostalgic, rose-colored lens, this enthralling 2010 doc opens a wider window on forgotten world of burlesque shows than anything I've previously seen. show more

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