Billy Elliot Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Terrific story of young ballet dancer has strong language.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 25, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ted Murphy
Hollywood.com
September 8, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 14, 2007
When sticking with Billy and his inspirational story, director Stephen Daldry hits all the right steps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 10, 2003
Daldry coaches an astonishing performance from Bell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 15, 2002
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.
Collin Souter
eFilmCritic.com
April 19, 2002
Billy Elliot earns every one of its sentiments and emotions without getting overly manipulative or preachy
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 27, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
November 16, 2001
A feel-good movie that should have felt even better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 20, 2001
Billy Elliot is charming and entertaining. It's a bit of British fluff, enjoyable and lightweight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 11, 2001
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
June 15, 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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 4, 2001
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Brandon Judell
PopcornQ
April 3, 2001
I always say to people at home with regards to prejudice that the theatre is wonderful, because it embraces everybody.

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 24, 2011
Gaby Bila-Gunther
Senses of Cinema
October 20, 2008
Top Critic
David Rooney
Variety
July 23, 2008
Top Critic

Time Out
June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 9, 2004
Claire Monk
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Marc Savlov
Anchorage Press
June 11, 2001

Movieline
April 16, 2001

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
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Ebert & Roeper
January 1, 2000
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000

National Post
January 1, 2000
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
January 1, 2000
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