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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Babak Geranfar's rating of the film Swing Time

    As one of my all-time favorite critics said: "Godard told us in the 1960s that “the cinema is truth 24 times a second, and every cut is a lie.” Astaire arrived at the same conclusion 35 years earlier. He believed every dance number should be filmed, as nearly as possible, in one unbroken take, always showing the full figures of the dancers from head to toes."

  2. Aardsy's rating of the film Swing Time

    Dancin', charmin', and some stuff in-between.

  3. Scienceofphantoms's rating of the film Swing Time

    You can see in Fred and Ginger's eyes an understanding that, thanks to this novel application of tricks they had played night after night in remote corners of America, thanks to this reemerging industry of sound cinema, thanks to this cultural moment that demanded their brand of artifice, they were about to capture something totally unprecedented. And unrepeatable (in the case of that blackface, thankfully).

  4. C's rating of the film Swing Time

    nice little movie you've got there...would be a shame if there were 20+ minutes of Astaire in blackface in it...

  5. SpacePirate's rating of the film Swing Time

    The pinnacle of their films together, this one has charm in spades.

  6. RoRoRoro's rating of the film Swing Time

  7. Thomas's rating of the film Swing Time

    Always a pleasure to watch this couple.

  8. THE APOLL0's rating of the film Swing Time

    It was good, until that prolonged blackface Fred Astaire dance came up

  9. Jon's rating of the film Swing Time

    Two pas de deux: Astaire and Rogers and Victor Moore and Helen Broderick. The former provide breathtaking dance numbers, the latter glimmering comedic exchanges to match the screwball best. What a delight.

  10. Howard Fritzson's rating of the film Swing Time

    All that matters are the dances which are sublime.

  11. monochrome max's rating of the film Swing Time

    Sometimes I still think about how cute this film was before it veered into a prolonged moment of blackface

  12. Duncan Gray's rating of the film Swing Time

    Very strained, even by 30s comedy standards—attempting to divine the character motivations in any given scene is an exercise in futility—but it's a testament to the actors and direction that straining can look so effortless. It's equally futile to deny the spirit of good feelings. Grading this as a film is like grading the world's largest, sweetest pixie-stick as a meal. 3 out of 5 stars.

  13. AKFilmFan's rating of the film Swing Time

    The quintessential Astaire/Rogers film that is more clever and believable than Top Hat even though they both are equals in terms of dance numbers.

  14. MarcH's rating of the film Swing Time

    Love the wintery art deco Manhattan wonderland, and the idea of a life lived in night clubs (and perpetual Jerome Kern playing softly in the background).

  15. Byron Brubaker's rating of the film Swing Time

    Some good comic bits. I have to attribute more scenes that develop the romance between Astaire and Rogers whether through musical numbers or straight dialog to George Stevens' direction. While I liked the playfulness of the more upbeat song and dance numbers in this one, I thought the comedy was a little behind that of Top Hat.