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Mad Hot Ballroom Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Overpopulated and untidy but driven by a relentlessly sunny spirit...

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: B-

June 24, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Yet another example of a slight, TV-newsworthy story that jitterbugs its sweet little self into exhaustion on the big screen.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

June 22, 2005
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

the filmmakers have a shaky grasp on differentiating their classrooms to delve into any...controversial aspects and build no suspense for the final competition

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C

May 12, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

[Mad Hot Ballroom is] the kind of film that used to be relegated to an after school special

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

May 23, 2005
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

One thing becomes abundantly clear. Even if you're 10, it's impossible to hold back a smile while swinging your hips to the merengue.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 17, 2005

The result is like an extended fluff piece you would see on a news magazine. It's cute, but it leaves you wanting more... and less.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

June 17, 2005
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Disappointingly superficial -- even the most interesting children get lost in the constant shuffle on and off-stage. It spends too little time with too many people.

May 20, 2005
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The kids are cute and the intentions are good, but ultimately [the film] plays like a teacher's presentation to the school board about the importance of arts education.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: C

May 12, 2005
David Thomas

lacks the tension that marks a movie like Spellbound

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

May 11, 2005
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Were I not from Manhattan, I can't imagine gleaning anything from Mad Hot Ballroom beyond a desire to pinch those ragamuffin's precious cheeks.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 40/100

July 16, 2005
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections

It's amazing how little we end up knowing about the specific schools and the environment where these kids come from and how much time we're left watching them look cute.

Full Review Source: Cinematic Reflections | Original Score: 40/100

July 1, 2005
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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One foosball game in an American-flag-bedecked Bensonhurst basement leaves us yearning for more intimate portraits.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 10, 2005
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Director Marilyn Agrelo includes so many different kids and teachers that the film becomes like an overcrowded dance floor.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 17, 2005
Luke Y. Thompson

about the best documentary movie anyone could make about ten-year olds learning ballroom dancing. But still, it's a movie about ten-year olds learning ballroom dancing.

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May 25, 2005
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Many moviegoers will swoon over the young folks' earnest efforts to learn gracefulness and sociability. But at heart this is a cuteness exploitation flick.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 2/4

May 12, 2005
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

The movie is better at preaching the socializing influence of 'proper' activity than it is at getting fully involved with the beneficiaries.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

June 9, 2005
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Too scattershot an affair, offering surprisingly little depth in its coverage of either students or teachers.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

June 17, 2005
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

In contrast to its great title, Mad Hot Ballroom is anything but: Let's just say I was not spellbound.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 25, 2005

Baltimore Sun

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 3, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The kids are adorable, and so is the movie.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

June 10, 2005
Leonard Maltin
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July 16, 2005
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