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Every Little Step (2009)



Critic Consensus: Fascinating and insightful, Every Little Step is a thoroughly engrossing behind the scenes look at Broadway performers.

Movie Info

"Every Little Step" explores the incredible journey of A Chorus Line, from ambitious idea to international phenomenon. Through 15 years of continuous performances from the 70's to 90's and a revival beginning last year, A Chorus Line has touched generations around the world with stories so poignant, they could only have come from truth. The film compares and contrasts the original musical with the current revival. It investigates the societies in which they've debuted, and why the themes are so timeless and universal.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some strong language sexual references)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 13, 2009
Box Office: $1.5M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Every Little Step

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (33)

It's all up there on the screen in this impassioned, exhilarating documentary. They want to dance for you. It's what they did for love.

Full Review… | August 23, 2009
Top Critic

I was thrilled and moved by Every Little Step, despite the abundance of bad dancing pouring out of reality television these days, because it's about the real thing, and offers marvellous insights into of the process of creating a Broadway hit.

Full Review… | July 2, 2009
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Top Critic

A riveting documentary from James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo.

Full Review… | June 19, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Every Little Step, like A Chorus Line itself, should prove catnip for any self-respecting, self-flagellating actor-dancer.

Full Review… | October 20, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

The documentary, edited down from some 400 hours, is packed with crowd-pleasing moments.

Full Review… | December 16, 2009
Screen International

Like the dancers themselves, this documentary has heart.

Full Review… | October 25, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Every Little Step

A Chorus Line is about how hard it is to get that dream gig on Broadway, and this documentary looks into that as well, as thousands audition for a turn in the 2008 revival of A Chorus Line. You watch as casting directors make the tough decision, actors and dancer and singer oh my are cast asunder or make their big break, and history is revived and made in that instant. Beautiful film.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Very intriguing backstage look at the entire audition process for a revival of "A Chorus Line". It's unafraid to show that it's a tough business trying for that break to what is hopefully the big time.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Being that A Chorus Line is a famous Broadway musical all about auditioning for a Broadway musical, Every Little Step, an agile documentary following every heel-toe-kick, takes place almost entirely in the world of high-stress auditions. The documentary traces the origins of the meta-theatrical show all the way to a taped conversation director Michael Bennet had with a handful of New York City dancers in 1974. That night they opened up about their lives and then it became character backstories. I would have liked more of an exploration about the nature of art transposing someone?s life story, but this is not that movie. Every Little Step examines the elation, disappointment, and sheer exhaustion of getting a part in a show. We watch scores of actors try out for the 2006 revival and we also listen to interviews from key participants in the original 1975 production. The movie does have some issues and one of them is that it doesn?t become personally involving to a Broadway naf until after an hour in. I understand that the casting crew was weeding out hundreds of talent, but the movie doesn?t give enough time to specific hopefuls to follow, build a connection with, and eventually root for. Every Little Step only begins to flesh out its finalists at the final round of callbacks, which makes the stakes less emotionally involving. Still, it?s hard not to feel the rush of joy when some dancers achieve their dreams.

Nate Z.
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

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