• Jig
    2 minutes 9 seconds
    Added: May 27, 2011


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Jig Reviews

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Brian Orndorf

It's all sweat, stomps, and caked-on make-up as these girls (and a few boys) chase their dreams, for personal glory and, of course, to appease their parents.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: B

June 16, 2011
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine

The documentary Jig presents a world that approaches child pageantry in its self-contained weirdness.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 15, 2011
Nick Schager
Time Out New York
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Must every subculture competition receive a pop documentary?

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

June 15, 2011
Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
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If the structure behind Jig seems familiar, it is. That's because Sue Bourne's film employs the same formula as nearly every entry in an increasingly prevalent documentary subgenre devoted to chronicling specialized competitions.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 14, 2011

Anyone who has ever attempted to put body, mind and soul together, hoping desperately to achieve undisputed excellence (even if only until next year) will revel in this production's honesty, integrity and love.

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 5/5

June 14, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
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I applaud the filmmaker for making such a fun film about a dance competition that I knew nothing about before the film and for keeping my interest throughout.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

June 9, 2011
Harvey S. Karten

A kitsch documentary about the World Irish Dance competition.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B

June 3, 2011
Leslie Felperin
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There are too many personal stories and themes (rivalry, triumph over adversity, the nobility of sportsmanlike determination...) slugging it out here.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 10, 2011

It's a slick but empty film, with no real insights into the strange dedication Irish dancing inspires.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

May 9, 2011
Robbie Collin
News of the World

By Jig's end, director Sue Bourne seems to have lost interest in all but two of her young subjects. In fairness, that's two more than I managed.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 2/5

May 7, 2011
Anthony Quinn

In truth, there's something faintly disturbing in the Little Miss Sunshine sparkle of fake tans, frozen smiles and diamante-studded outfits - it's like a convention of pubertal Liberace impersonators.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

May 6, 2011
Derek Malcolm
This is London

It's a quest for perfection that leads to tears or triumph, and Bourne shoots it all with rare skill.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2011
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

Beautifully filmed and terribly funny, it's a hoot from start to finish.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2011
Catherine Shoard

To kick Sue Bourne's documentary about the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships feels both mean and ill-advised - these people sure know how to use their tootsies.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

May 5, 2011
Giles Bidder
Little White Lies

Few would imagine a film shadowing a little known Irish dance competition could hook you in to relate to the dancers themselves. Jig offers itself as an eye opener to the dedication of all those involved in the fight for a first place.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

May 5, 2011
Matthew Turner

Watchable but ultimately disappointing documentary that's let down by some severe structural problems, a lack of focus in the editing, too many characters, an oddly flat finale and a curious refusal to explore or contextualise the central subject.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

May 5, 2011
David Parkinson
Radio Times

[Shows] a different side to the sometimes disconcerting aspects of preparing and prettifying kids for contests.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 5, 2011
Neil Smith
Total Film

While it's easy to sneer at the tweens and their scary parents, you can't ignore their dedication to their dying art, nor their kinetic energy.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

May 4, 2011
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine

A toe-tapping triumph for dance fans, though less so for non-converts.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2011
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

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