Center Stage Reviews

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Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Melodramatic, a bit racy -- some teens will love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Emanuel Levy
August 28, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Venable
December 31, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 8, 2002
...not only insultingly stupid but weirdly dull.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Ethan Steifel's unforgettable dancing seems to defy the laws of gravity -- and without computerized special effects.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 23, 2002
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.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 16, 2002
Offers insights into the rigors, foibles, physical pain, and competitiveness in the modern world of ballet.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 20, 2001
Center Stage proves that it's hard to make a bad dance movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 19, 2001
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rachel Deahl
January 1, 2000
Ultimately the story line here is as stupid as the final 'rock' ballet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Lewis
Gay Chicago Magazine
January 1, 2000
The cast is all very young and pretty, but they play types rather than anything approaching the semblance of a real human being.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Ineptly acted and so predictable and silly that it may prompt more howls of laughter than applause from audiences.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Both too high-minded and too low-minded.
Mac Verstandig
January 1, 2000
Center Stage isn't going to live forever.
| Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
It's a bad joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Zimmer
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Nicholas Hytner's movie might be subtitled Beverly Hills 90210 Goes to Juilliard.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 1, 2000
An unbelievably hokey, and, in spite of the terpsichore on display, resolutely lead-footed piece of mawkish melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The acting is wooden.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Center Stage is all dancing and hugging and no good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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