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Strictly Ballroom (1992)

Strictly Ballroom


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 36
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 42,907


Movie Info

This wildly off-beat comedy is about a male dancer (Paul Mercurio) who refuses to follow the accepted rules of ballroom dancing and creates his own style of choreography, which infuriates the ballroom dancing establishment. Before he's scheduled to compete in the Pan-Pacific ballroom championships, he's forced to take up a new partner (Tara Morice), a beginner who initially seems without promise. With his help, she turns into an assured and wonderful dancer. Baz Luhrmann's visual style may be … More

Drama , Romance , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Andrew Bovell , Baz Luhrmann
In Theaters:
Mar 19, 2002


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Critic Reviews for Strictly Ballroom

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (2) | DVD (22)

so reserved for Luhrmann as a director, yet it is as fabulous and colorful as any other film out there

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
7M Pictures

A crow-pleaster hat took the inernational festival circuit by storm and put Aussie filmmaker Luhrmann on the map as a talent to watch.

Full Review… | July 22, 2011

Listen to the rhythm of your heart in Strictly Ballroom, where tears and laughter blend seamlessly in an extravagantly theatrical story about love, dreams and overcoming your fears.

Full Review… | October 3, 2008
Urban Cinefile

An Australian classic - and deservedly so!

July 23, 2008

fabulous comedy-romance

September 30, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

The exuberant film was breezy, well-acted and easy to like even if it was fluff.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though made for a fraction of [Moulin Rouge]'s budget and with no big stars,Strictly Ballroom is the better film in every way.

Full Review… | February 17, 2005
Decent Films Guide

Lots of laughs, lots of style: Strictly Ballroom is a wonderful prelude to Luhrmann's next two films.

Full Review… | September 16, 2003

More fun for ballroom enthusiasts than for the rest of us; cheeky, but totally overloaded.

August 16, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

Great dance movie and a preview of what Lurhmann will be capable of in the future.

July 14, 2003

Kind of like Luhrmann Meets John Waters. Great fun.

May 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Funny, charming and energetic. Baz Lurhman's warm-up to MOULIN ROUGE.

March 20, 2003

An occasional lack of coherence inhibits our ability to truly embrace the actors and their twinkle-toed exploits

Full Review… | September 17, 2002
Apollo Guide

A delightful confection from Baz Luhrmann, fresher and lighter on its feet than Moulin Rouge!

July 27, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

The plot is predictable, to be sure, but it's fun to follow along... Highly enjoyable no matter what one's taste in music or dance.

April 17, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Ten years ago, Baz Luhrmann made a quirky film version of a play based on his childhood experiences

Full Review… | March 24, 2002
Movie Habit

There are weird movies about dancing, and there is Strictly Ballroom.

Full Review… | March 15, 2002

A feel good movie about two daring souls who break new ground by not letting fear close them down.

Full Review… | February 27, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

There's no denying that it's also an all-around crowd-pleaser, offering as much excitement and emotion as any movie in recent months.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Strictly Ballroom

Baz Luhrmann, take your Adderall.

Full review coming to on 5/23

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer


"Vivir con miedo es como vivir en medias."
I thoroughly enjoyed this film!! It was bright! It was jazzy! It was fun! It was unique! And above all.... AUSTRALIAN! Baz Luhrmann will never cease to visually dazzle me. Gorgeous and sweet!

Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

Pretty enjoyable romantic dance movie, before it became a craze.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

A weird assortment of motley characters who don't really have a purpose in the story other than to be weird. I liked the dancing, and Baz Luhrmann's...don't know how to describe it, Japanese game show...? visuals were to say in the least, original. But, it's not much of a story, and I don't think it ever is with Luhrmann actually (Moulin Rouge = courtesan dies, Romeo and Juliet = they both die, this one = nobody dies but they hook up, which is good), and it's sort of funny sometimes but I guess I don't really GET Australian humor so I don't know. On the fence with this one. Paul Mercurio is super sexy, nevertheless.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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