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Musical Chairs (2012)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 8

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Set against the exciting backdrop of competitive ballroom dancing, Musical Chairs is about Armando (Bonilla) a Bronx-bred Latino who aspires to be a dancer but whose only way in is as handyman at a Manhattan dance studio, and Mia (Pipes), an Upper East Side princess who is the studio's star performer. Though worlds apart, their shared passion for dance promises to bring them together until a tragic accident changes Mia's life forever, and she finds herself wheelchair-bound at a rehab facility,


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Most of "Musical Chairs" settles for being simple, familiar and ineffective, though I suspect it'll warm a few hearts.

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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A feel-good romantic fantasy that is likely to inspire a hollow laugh among some people in wheelchairs.

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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The little-known art of wheelchair ballroom dancing is a worthy subject, but this clumsy romantic comedy is like a partner who keeps stepping on - or rolling over - your toes.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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By the time the mirror ball finally spins, we have long since lost interest.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Seidelman's unflagging enthusiasm, which extends to her buoyant cast, winds up giving this superficial story a bit of unexpected depth.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Charming and upbeat, and it's stuffed with great, vibrant, insanely catchy music.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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While Susan Seidelman's musical drama is contrived and formulaic, it gets a free pass mainly for being such a charming romance that at least tries to break its predictability.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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Having been a dancer for a good part of my life, I found 'Musical Chairs' quite inspiring.

October 21, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Simpatico if shallow, struggling to be a life-affirming, feel-good fantasy.

May 8, 2012 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
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Injured dancer learns new moves in inspiring, trite tale.

April 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's a square genre picture that's just unassuming enough to be moderately diverting.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Would-be 'triumph of the human spirit' saga set among wheelchair-bound dancers blows it through shallow concept and characterizations.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

An endearing romantic drama about a creative young Puerto Rican with a passion for dance.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The schmaltzy and benign tale of a ballroom dancer who accepts and transcends her unexpected disability through the power of art and love.

March 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A delightful romance between an upper-middle-class WASP and a working-class Latino.

March 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Compuserve

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    1. Armando: This is dancing!
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Mia: Where did you learn those moves?
    2. Armando: Just... through out my neighborhood.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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