• Unrated, 1 hr. 6 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Aaron Katz
  • In Theaters:    Nov 15, 2006 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jan 29, 2008

Dance Party USA Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Film4
July 22, 2008

captures with apparent effortlessness the tongue-tied self-consciousness and dreamy disorientation that growing up entails.

Shawn Levy
Oregonian
March 16, 2007

Dance Party, USA is part of a new direction for independent film: homemade movies that feel more personal than communitarian and, as a result, seem less moralizing and dogmatic than the familiar, tired Sundance model.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 16, 2006

Dramatically simple but emotionally complex.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
Top Critic
November 15, 2006

A pair of disaffected 17-year-olds are nudged toward adulthood in a movie that favors natural drift over artificial drama.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jordan Harper
Village Voice
Top Critic
November 14, 2006

Given the obvious financial restraints (the total budget was $3,000), maybe Dance Party should have been a dynamite short.

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
November 9, 2006

A film of easy set ups and resolutions, Dance Party, USA is best when observing how crisis is metabolized.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Darcie Stevens
Austin Chronicle
March 21, 2006

Challenging, gritty, and true.

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