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Swing Time

comedy


That dancin' duo - Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - sweep the floor again in this Oscar-winning romantic musical comedy about a dancer who tries to make it big in order to prove himself worthy of his fiancée.

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    100%
  • Audience Score
    87%

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    87%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Tip-top Fred and Ginger delight, which is another way of saying one of the best musicals ever.

- Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: a platform for some amazing set pieces and big musical numbers

- Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com, Monday, May 14, 2007

Fresh: This film has a director with a point of view, the talented George Stevens, who recognizes and amplifies the emotion in the Astaire/Rogers pairing.

- Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine, Friday, August 5, 2005

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I still think " The Gay Divorcee" is the best Astaire/Rogers duo picture I have seen so far (I still have to watch Top Hat). "Swing Time" is also a delight but I wouldn't call it great. The first half of the picture deals with a lot of humour sometimes it feels unecessary. Then the second half begins to take flight as Astaire and Rogers akward relationship starts to bloom and then the rest of the picture really hits the top off the charts as Astaire and Rogers take the dance floor and it's pretty cool how those two are so well in sync. Their dance scenes together is too amazing, I swear these two were, in a way making sweet love. Whenever I saw other people dancing in crowds in "Swing Time" I saw it as an orgy. Sigh...Ballroom dancing at it's finest.

- thirdway821, Monday, April 30, 2012

4 stars

I really liked this film. It has one of my favorite song "A Fine Romance" The story is great and the numbers are fantastic.

- Doctor0Quinzel, Tuesday, July 8, 2008

2 stars

A gambling dancer travels to the big city to win/earn enough money to marry his fiancee but falls for his dance partner in the process. Those who like this film are compelled by the combination of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and they find the music "peerless," to quote Stephen Garrett. While I can deny that Astaire and Rogers can dance well and the music is fun, the film as a whole is not very good. The story is a cliche. It was entertaining enough to hang around three stars for me, propelled by the fun chemistry between Astaire and Rogers (fun fact: I heard they hated each other in real life), but the completely unnecessary, racially insensitive Fred Astaire-in-blackface dance dropped the film an extra star. Overall, only Astaire and Rogers fans, those who are already in the dancers' camps, will like this film.

- hunterjt13, Saturday, April 20, 2013