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Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2006)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 46

Clumsily staged and brimming with melodrama and trite self-help cliches, this dance movie stays stuck at amateur level.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 19

Clumsily staged and brimming with melodrama and trite self-help cliches, this dance movie stays stuck at amateur level.



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Randall Miller's Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School compiles an all-star cast to tell an unabashedly emotional story about life, love, and destiny. Robert Carlyle portrays Frank Keane, a man who has been in a deep depression ever since his wife passed away. One day while driving, Frank sees an accident. He investigates the scene to see if he can help and meets a dying stranger (John Goodman), who tells Frank that he was headed to a dance school in order to reunite with a woman he

Jul 4, 2006


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Miller has all but smothered the charm right out of his Charm School.

April 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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The picture trivializes the characters, hinting at depths it can't depict, aiming at a profundity of feeling it can't begin to reach.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Beyond Wahlberg's deft moves, School's dancing is leaden, not charming, and the only challenge is enduring the film's lumbering progress until it finally clicks at the end.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Predictable and decidedly old-fashioned in its sensibility, the film is likely to win over audiences if not critics.

April 8, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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While it's at times too melodramatic and formulaic to be entirely successful, it still holds some appeal; its very amateurishness is what makes it charming.

April 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School may stumble at times, but at least it gets out on the dance floor and has a good time.

April 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Yet another ballroom dancing movie presents dance as a universal balm that heals life's problems in this mildly inspired dramatic comedy.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source:

Why would Frank drop everything to embark on this lunatic mission? Well, the answer is simple. If he didn't, there would be no movie - and perhaps that wouldn't have been such a bad thing.

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

A surprisingly-moving message movie about love and redemption filled with sentimental and transformational moments leading to tearjerker of a finale.

July 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

A miscast hodgepodge of a genre stew.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Utterly charming.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source:

That the film was itself borne out of risk invests its message with an honesty and an authenticity more than sufficient to offset its flaws.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Strong performances and moving themes are drowned in a sea of sentimentality.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

I could believe almost nothing of this under-written, over-emoted saga.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

the entire movie is ridiculous

July 8, 2006 Full Review Source:

This is a wildly ill-conceived jumble, and not even its impressive cast can rescue it.

July 3, 2006 Full Review Source:

... slight and slurry, like a champagne buzz.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

In this death-obsessed movie, the characters' lives flash before the audience's eyes - really, really slowly.

May 5, 2006
Salt Lake Tribune

Clunky romantic comedy, which has the annoying habit of turning dead serious at exactly the wrong moment.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Not content to tell two lousy, maudlin stories at once, the movie goes for a full three.

April 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

The movie is so bad it brings up a question %u2014 what's the opposite of a comeback film?

April 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

The sort of cloying, sentimental heart-tugger that would be more at home on network television than the big screen.

April 21, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Marilyn Hotchkiss... is a bit device driven as it flashes back and forth from Frank's lonely life to the accident that will change him forever

April 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Audience Reviews for Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

Stars for having such a great cast. John Goodman plays a memorable character, and it has Ernie Hudson so you know you want some.
March 1, 2008
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

I absolutely ADORE Mary Steenburgen but she is a horrible dancer. Carlyle was excellent. Rest of film was farfetched and flighty.
September 28, 2007

Super Reviewer

Great movie. Good story plot that follows a grieving baker who connects with a total stranger's story about ballroom dancing. Great cast. Definitely worthy.
September 1, 2008
Leo L

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    1. Steve Mills: Swearing and making girls cry was the most important thing.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Randall Ipswitch: No matter what happened, we would meet on the fifth day of the fifth month of the fifth year of the new millennium at Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Randall Ipswitch: With all due respect, it is painfully obvious that those 'professional' critics who have less than thoughtful words for this masterpiece have not at all lived a full life. As one who has loved and lost, held someone as they've faded into another existence; one who has suffered the passing of that one soul who is the meaning for their existence, as one who has both saved a life and taken one inadvertently, one who has found salvation in both a capsule and a career, found that the one-time bane of their existence has been their greatest teacher, and has survived to still view life on this earth as a wonderful gift... talk to me on your deathbed and try to choke out your same naive views.
    – Submitted by william h (23 months ago)
    1. Marianne Hotchkiss: Dance is a very powerful drug Mr. Keane. If embraced judiciously, it can exorcise demons, access deep seated emotions and color your life in joyous shades of brilliant magenta that you never knew existed. But, one must shoulder its challenges with intrepid countenance if one is ever to reap its rewards.
    – Submitted by Julie R (2 years ago)
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