Opening

89% Gone Girl Oct 03
No Score Yet Annabelle Oct 03
No Score Yet Left Behind Oct 03
78% The Good Lie Oct 03
46% Men, Women & Children Oct 01

Top Box Office

60% The Equalizer $34.1M
62% The Maze Runner $17.4M
72% The Boxtrolls $17.3M
44% This Is Where I Leave You $6.9M
70% Dolphin Tale 2 $4.8M
11% No Good Deed $4.5M
66% A Walk Among the Tombstones $4.2M
91% Guardians of the Galaxy $3.8M
20% Let's Be Cops $1.5M
19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $1.5M

Coming Soon

50% The Judge Oct 10
No Score Yet Dracula Untold Oct 10
No Score Yet Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Oct 10
66% One Chance Oct 10
No Score Yet Addicted Oct 10

New Fall TV

61% A to Z: Season 1
23% Bad Judge: Season 1
85% black-ish: Season 1
56% Forever: Season 1
91% Gotham: Season 1
76% Gracepoint: Season 1
50% Happyland: Season 1
84% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1
29% Manhattan Love Story: Season 1
20% Mulaney: Season 1
64% NCIS: New Orleans: Season 1
50% Selfie: Season 1
19% Stalker: Season 1
No Score Yet Survivor's Remorse: Season 1
98% Transparent: Season One


New TV Episodes Tonight

85% black-ish: Season 1
59% Red Band Society: Season 1
56% Legends: Season 1
63% The Bridge: Season 1
100% Key & Peele: Season 4
23% The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1
No Score Yet Chicago PD: Season 2
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 16
No Score Yet Franklin & Bash: Season 4
No Score Yet The Middle: Season 6
No Score Yet South Park: Season 18
No Score Yet Modern Family: Season 6
No Score Yet The Goldbergs: Season 2
No Score Yet Nashville: Season 3
No Score Yet The League: Season 6


Certified Fresh TV

85% black-ish: Season 1
88% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% Doctor Who: Season 8
83% Extant: Season 1
100% The Good Wife: Season 6
91% Gotham: Season 1
90% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
84% How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
90% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
98% Transparent: Season One
79% You're the Worst: Season 1

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2006)

TOMATOMETER

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

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

24%
Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 19

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 4,909

ADVERTISEMENT

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jul 4, 2006
Box Office:
$0.2M
Runtime:
Samuel Goldwyn Films - Official Site

WATCH IT NOW


Cast


Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

Critic Reviews for Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (46) | DVD (3)

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

Full Review… | April 28, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The picture trivializes the characters, hinting at depths it can't depict, aiming at a profundity of feeling it can't begin to reach.

Full Review… | April 21, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 21, 2006
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Predictable and decidedly old-fashioned in its sensibility, the film is likely to win over audiences if not critics.

April 8, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
Detroit News
Top Critic

Yet another ballroom dancing movie presents dance as a universal balm that heals life's problems in this mildly inspired dramatic comedy.

Full Review… | April 19, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

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.

Full Review… | July 19, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

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

Full Review… | July 7, 2007
Upstage Magazine

A miscast hodgepodge of a genre stew.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Utterly charming.

Full Review… | August 26, 2006
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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.

Full Review… | August 26, 2006
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review… | August 26, 2006
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

the entire movie is ridiculous

Full Review… | July 8, 2006
Filmcritic.com

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

Full Review… | July 3, 2006
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review… | June 2, 2006
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.

Full Review… | May 5, 2006
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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

Full Review… | April 27, 2006
Orlando Weekly

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

Full Review… | April 27, 2006
Arizona Daily Star

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

Full Review… | April 21, 2006
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

Full Review… | April 13, 2006
Reeling Reviews

Audience Reviews for Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

Totally cute and funny.

dreamfaeries
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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

puffchunk
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

½

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

aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

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.

iLeo
Leo L

Super Reviewer

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Quotes


Steve Mills: Swearing and making girls cry was the most important thing.
– Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
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 (20 months ago)
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 (2 years ago)
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)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School on our Movie forum!