Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)



Critic Consensus: This heartwarming documentary will win audiences over, as the sheer charm of precocious, enthusiastic children learning to dance resonates from the screen.

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This is a profile of several New York City's public school kids and their journey into the world of ballroom dancing. The eleven-year-olds go from reluctantly participating in ballroom dancing to preparing to compete in the citywide finals.

Rating: PG (for some thematic elements)
Genre: Documentary, Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Amy Sewell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 18, 2005
Box Office: $7.9M
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Critic Reviews for Mad Hot Ballroom

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (37)

Charming if slightly overlong.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Listening to the kids talk is a treat in itself, but watching them strut their stuff in the final competition is enough to make you stand up and cheer.

August 5, 2005
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Inspiring and enjoyable, this docu chronicles the physical and psychological transformation of school kids of different social classes as they enter into the 'exotic' world of ballroom dancing.

Full Review… | March 1, 2011

A sweet, and utterly entertaining portrait of children learning about confidence, achievement, skill, and also understanding the game of the sexes at such a young age.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Charming, poignant and festive "Mad Hot Ballroom" is an inspirational documentary that shows the power of dance to invigorate self-esteem and ambition in young hearts.

Full Review… | April 16, 2009

The dozen or so whom Agrelo and Sewell chose to emphasize are especially appealing, but nearly all of them are bright, thoughtful, confident and dedicated -- a heartening glimpse of the coming generation.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Mad Hot Ballroom

Sweet but kind of slow.

Julie B

Super Reviewer

Fantastic... I was cheering for those kids. :)

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

OMG what a cuuute documentary! totally got shafted at the oscars, cause i was like MANOHMAN little fifth-graders you have way more hip movement than me.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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