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Jig (2011)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 9

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Jig is the remarkable story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships, held in March 2010 in Glasgow. Three thousand dancers, their families and teachers from around the globe descend upon Glasgow for one drama filled week. Clad in wigs, make up, fake tan, diamantes and dresses costing thousands of pounds they compete for the coveted world titles. A year of incredibly hard work for just a few tense minutes on stage. This feature length documentary was given access for the very first time to

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The practice and performance sequences are compelling, but the history of the dance style, the intricacies of judging and the personalities of the hoofers are hardly addressed.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's not the best movie you'll ever see, but as movies about Irish dance competitions go, well, it's pretty high on that list.

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Uncovers the sweat and toil behind all the sparkly outfits and clickety-clack footwork.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Bourne shows little knowledge or curiosity about her subject and doesn't find its magic in this pedestrian documentary.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Bourne belabors the judges' final decision to such an excruciating length, it makes the whole movie feel a bit more cloddish than it should.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Too close to a TV dance competition show to go far in theaters.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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Jig should appeal to dancers of all kinds, but I'm not sure how much replay value it has.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Not just a chronicle of a competition, a la Spellbound, but a look at the nature of obsession.

October 3, 2011 Full Review Source:

A captivating primer on tripping the light fantastic with your arms pinned to your sides!

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

The judging is so arcane, it makes figure skating look sensible.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Fine for those predisposed to it, but Jig doesn't spend much time elucidating the steps of Irish dance, and the movie unfurls as a haze of performance footage, with neither much contextual mooring nor ambition in staging.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source:

Irish-dancing documentary holds your interest with its range of characters and competitive edge, despite serious directorial missteps.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Jig draws on sports movie conventions and winsomely entertains.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source:

There's no voiceover, just kids and parents and coaches talking about their passion.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

There is plenty to admire and enjoy about Jig. The filmmakers were given unprecedented access to the Irish Dancing World Championships, and what they found is captivating.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
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Audience Reviews for Jig

I think this is one truly amazing film, who could've thought of making a documentary on Irish dancing? I was engaged through out the whole film, the editing was amazing and the individual stories were great too. It's an inspiring film that makes you feel good inside and out.
January 1, 2012
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