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Billy Elliot Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Terrific story of young ballet dancer has strong language.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 22, 2010
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

The film about atypical artistic pursuits in a blue-collar community that "The Full Monty" sought to be. Peter Darling's choreography dexterously captures the defiance in the dancing - rage against economical and emotional repression in a motherless home.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 25, 2010
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

When sticking with Billy and his inspirational story, director Stephen Daldry hits all the right steps.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

October 14, 2007
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Daldry coaches an astonishing performance from Bell.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 10, 2003
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

The story is familiar, to be sure, but director Stephen Daldry and writer Lee Hall tell it so persuasively it's irresistible, and the movie's score of vintage T. Rex classics could do for glam-rock what "The Full Monty" did for disco.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 15, 2002
Collin Souter
eFilmCritic.com

Billy Elliot earns every one of its sentiments and emotions without getting overly manipulative or preachy

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/4

April 19, 2002
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

A feel-good movie that should have felt even better.

Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf | Original Score: 3/4

November 16, 2001
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Billy Elliot is charming and entertaining. It's a bit of British fluff, enjoyable and lightweight.

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 20, 2001
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

For every boy who played with dolls or performed an activity once thought 'girly;' for every girl who played sports or was considered a 'Tom boy...'

| Original Score: 3/4

September 11, 2001

Because the story is so entirely straightforward, the beauty is more in the performances and in the subtle touches than in the journey itself.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5

June 15, 2001
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Daldry can piece together a competent montage sequence, but he has no idea how to hold your attention without resorting to inspid, watery melodrama.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: short

April 19, 2001
Brandon Judell
PopcornQ

I always say to people at home with regards to prejudice that the theatre is wonderful, because it embraces everybody.

Full Review Source: PopcornQ

April 3, 2001

Billy Elliot es una oda al espíritu humano, así como un recordatorio divertido y sincero de la importancia de luchar por los sueños

Full Review Source: Moviola | Original Score: 3/4

March 14, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

maintains a delicate balancing act between the comical tale of a boy's desire to be a ballet dancer and the backdrop of hard-edged, violent realism against which it is set

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

February 27, 2001
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript

While it flirts with melodrama here and there, the heart-warming payoff worked for me.

Full Review

February 15, 2001
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

...basically just sits there for a good long hour before it picks up any sensible speed. Is it all worth it, though? In ways.

Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 7, 2001
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

The most emotionally satisfying film of the year.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 85/100

February 7, 2001
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Real and consequential.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Neither revolutionary in its approach or subject matter nor seamless in its storytelling, Billy Elliot nevertheless manages to sketch the lives of characters we come to care about.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Julie Walters ... is spirited and colorful as the ballet teacher, and Gary Lewis is somehow convincing as the dad even when the screenplay requires him to make big offscreen swings of position.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
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