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Center Stage (2000)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 46

Critics say that if you're willing to suffer through soap opera-like dialogue and plot to see some excellent dancing, this movie is for you. Otherwise, you might be better off renting Fame.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 12

Critics say that if you're willing to suffer through soap opera-like dialogue and plot to see some excellent dancing, this movie is for you. Otherwise, you might be better off renting Fame.



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In this emotional drama, a team of young dancers are competing for places in a prestigious dance troupe. The dancers have to deal with the ups and downs of trying to find their place in the world, even as their profession also places an enormous physical and psychological challenge before them. They train with the rigor of championship athletes, and like most aspiring athletes, they know that only a tiny number of them will achieve the goal they've set for themselves. Director Nicholas Hytner)


Musical & Performing Arts, Drama

Carol Heikkinen

May 8, 2001

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All Critics (97) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (46) | DVD (12)

Assuming that every generation needs its own dance film, Hytner revists the turf of films like Turning Point (classic ballet), Chrous Line (Broadway dancing) and Saturday Night Fever (disco) and blends together their themes and persona to little effect.

August 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Center Stage has moments of joy and moments of insight.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Center Stage is the same old stuff, not an arabesque more.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Anybody who's ever laced on toe shoes, or wanted to, will find something to take away from Center Stage.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Fortunately, it also contains several more complex characters who manage to make the film a surprisingly engaging affair.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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It's a bad joke.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
Detroit News
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Melodramatic, a bit racy -- some teens will love.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

If I was a 12 year old girl who takes any sort of dance classes, this would be my favorite film of all time...but I'm not.

December 31, 2005 Full Review Source:

...not only insultingly stupid but weirdly dull.

August 8, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Ethan Steifel's unforgettable dancing seems to defy the laws of gravity -- and without computerized special effects.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Does one kid turn out to be bulimic? Does someone proclaim, "I'm not dancing for them anymore -- I'm dancing for myself"? You need not see "Center Stage" to correctly guess the answers to those questions.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Offers insights into the rigors, foibles, physical pain, and competitiveness in the modern world of ballet.

March 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Center Stage proves that it's hard to make a bad dance movie.

September 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

[Hytner's] widescreen direction of the many dance sequences has a snap to it the likes of which hasn't been seen in studio musical filmmaking for years.

March 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Ultimately the story line here is as stupid as the final 'rock' ballet.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The cast is all very young and pretty, but they play types rather than anything approaching the semblance of a real human being.

January 1, 2000
Gay Chicago Magazine

Ineptly acted and so predictable and silly that it may prompt more howls of laughter than applause from audiences.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Both too high-minded and too low-minded.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Center Stage isn't going to live forever.

January 1, 2000

An unbelievably hokey, and, in spite of the terpsichore on display, resolutely lead-footed piece of mawkish melodrama.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The young cast of unknowns in Center Stage can all dance, which is a very good thing indeed because virtually none of them can act.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Center Stage

This was my sister's favorite movie for the longest time, so if it wasn't for her I probably would have never seen this movie. So with that said, it is engaging and a good storyline. Everything you would expect from a typical teen drama film though.
October 31, 2011
Eric Alvarez

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I like that this dance movie boasts several full-length performances of imaginative pieces, not just heavily cut snippets. Amanda Schull is a bit dull as an actress, and how does Jody know that Cooper won't recant his offer if she doesn't sleep with him? Zoe Saldana is brassy and tough.
July 27, 2010

Super Reviewer

Dancer movies are always good. Kinda.
January 7, 2010
Jennifer D

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    1. Eva Rodriguez: Congratulations. Cooper's ballet.
    2. Erik: Yeah, kind of amazing.
    3. Eva Rodriguez: It should be good.
    4. Erik: I guess... Jody says he has theories about making ballet for the people. I do ballet because it has nothing to do with the people. Give me tiaras and boy in tights any day.
    – Submitted by Olivia B (2 years ago)
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