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.
| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
In all its unscripted glory, it shows us pre-adolescence with an astonishing authenticity that should be the envy of a hundred coming-of-age movies.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Cute, comical kids help make this ballroom dancing comp-romp a feelgood winner despite inexpert editing.
| Original Score: 4/5
Charming if slightly overlong.
For its length, it would have been nice to learn a little bit more about some of the children. Nonetheless, Mad Hot Ballroom is still an uplifting and inspiring tale.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
While Agrelo pushes a little too hard at times the attitude of the kids and the enthusiasm with which they perform dance makes it well worth a look.
It's a tale of tears, triumph and tread-upon toes; it may wear you out, but it'll put a spring in your step too.
... it's delightful to see the kids enthusiastically cheering each other on and they are terrific dancers. It'll make you want to take ballroom dancing lessons.
[Its] heart shines through during conversational scenes with the candid children.
A delightful documentary that shows how creative expression is a necessity in the lives of urban children.
persuasively shows how these lessons help bridge the gap between boys and girls during that uneasy period when the sexes are still suspicious of each other.
Only an icy hearted cynic could disparage this joyous, infectious documentary.
There's not a sequin, an ostrich feather nor a miniature tuxedo in sight, and everybody who gets anywhere near the finals looks absolutely right.
By the end we're glowing with pride just like their parents and teachers.
Surprising, delightful and inspiring, Mad Hot Ballroom is an entertaining documentary about 11 year old kids finding a focus and pursuing their passion
By turns funny, moving, and most definitely feel-good.
| Original Score: 3/4
It is a bit like watching a home movie. Still, the kids are very cute, and I did get caught up in the drama of the competition, such as it was.
| Original Score: C+