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Every Little Step (2008)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 95
Fresh: 86 | Rotten: 9

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

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 4

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

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The central premise of the Kirkwood-Dante-Kleban-Hamlisch Broadway musical A Chorus Line is by now overly familiar, examining as it does the 17 actors auditioning for spots in a chorus line on the Great White Way. Recalling Donn Pennebaker's Moon Over Broadway and other similar efforts, documentarians Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern's film Every Little Step travels behind the scenes of the auditions for 2006 revival of A Chorus Line to investigate the goings-on and the interplay among the

Oct 13, 2009

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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.

August 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Film.com
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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.

July 2, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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A riveting documentary from James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Every Little Step never rises above being a very good showbiz documentary. But it's an engaging tribute to a groundbreaking musical.

June 4, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Every Little Step is a terrific documentary history lesson about how Michael Bennett rounded up a bunch of New York singing, acting dancers, interviewed them and found out what they 'did for love,' back in January of 1974.

June 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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You can't judge A Chorus Line by its film version; it's one of the lousiest movie musicals ever. But you can assess the stage original's influence by the wonderful new documentary Every Little Step.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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The documentary, edited down from some 400 hours, is packed with crowd-pleasing moments.

December 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Like the dancers themselves, this documentary has heart.

October 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The tights and the hairstyles may have changed a lot in 30 years, but the desperation and the elation remain the same.

October 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Dedicated theater rats might enjoy it, but it's too one-dimensional to qualify as a singular sensation.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

It says nada about Broadway that hasn't been said better many times before.

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Broadway fans -- as well as aficionados of A Chorus Line -- should get a kick out of Every Little Step.

July 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A film that's a bit Chorus Line and a bit American Idol, with hopefuls finding themselves auditioning for the very people who created the landmark show in which they wish to appear.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Feeds our ever-growing need to root for talented performers seeking that proverbial big break.

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Charlotte Weekly

All the dancers who move towards the final cut are so good that the line between success and failure seems cruelly arbitrary and the disappointment of those who don't make it is acute. But nobody's giving up.

July 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

A straightforward boosterish movie about the glory of musicals.

July 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

We're left with a deep sense of admiration for those who are prepared to face rejection routinely in pursuit of a dream.

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out Sydney
Time Out Sydney

There is something piercingly affecting about this film and it's mainly to do with how much this particular musical means to the dancers and singers whose lives it represents.

July 2, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

There are still plenty of engrossing aspects to the film, moments in the audition process that demonstrate the complexity of performance.

July 2, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

This fascinating American made documentary tracks a disparate group of dancers trying out for a range of roles in a Broadway revival of the iconic stage musical A Chorus Line.

July 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Just as powerful as the original musical -- keeps you glued to the fascinating and heartbreaking audition process.

June 30, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Fantastic behind-the-scenes sing/dance documentary which gives much more insight into the audition process than all those TV shows.

June 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

An irresistible mix of high drama and intimate stories

June 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A rousing glimpse into the life of a dancer, this involving, moving and thrilling documentary revisits choreographer Michael Bennett's multi-award winning stage show by brilliantly cross-linking it with auditions for its 2006 New York revival

June 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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.
July 22, 2010
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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.
July 14, 2010
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jay nixon

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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.
September 17, 2009
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Nate Zoebl

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A documentary that didn't get the awards-season love was the truly lovely Every Little Step. This film not so much chronicles the making of the famous Michael Bennett play, A Chorus Line, as it parallels its genius with the pain, guts, and glory of the casing process for a 2006 revival production of the same musical. Even if you haven't seen A Chorus Line, the movie gives you the cliff-notes version to know what you need to know: it's a story about dancers auditioning for a play, and the rigorous process of "making it" - callbacks, rejections, casting, so forth - as well as understanding just why the dancers chose to dance for a living. So as a documentary illustrating the grueling hard work - physically, emotionally, spiritually - to be cast in a Broadway musical, it should only be natural that the musical is a revival of the mega-hit A Chorus Line. Its power is in following a motley assortment of leading and middle-tier candidates, and the boot camp-like trials each one confronts in the competition to be cast, from the cattle call auditions to final callbacks so many months later. This is their lives, with their artistic fulfillment and rent checks at stake with their performance. Disillusionment is not an uncommon malady during this trying process, the audience soon learns. Some crash and burn, and some are rewarded for their persistence and gusto. At times it's a heartbreakingly beautiful marriage of innocence and passion, and you can't help but feel captivated by the high drama of it all. Lending more gravitas to the production are the veteran impresarios presiding over the casting - many of whom were involved with the original 1974 production of A Chorus Line. It's a story and a struggle for them, too, seeing so much heart and soul spilled on stage by many worthy dancers. And it's a wonderful struggle for the viewer, too, knowing that only a few can achieve this dream. Until next season's musical productions begin casting, that is. It is the business of show business. And scarcely has it been more compelling.
April 4, 2010
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Mike Neumann

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