Having been a dancer for a good part of my life, I found 'Musical Chairs' quite inspiring.
Simpatico if shallow, struggling to be a life-affirming, feel-good fantasy.
| Original Score: 6/10
Injured dancer learns new moves in inspiring, trite tale.
| Original Score: 2/5
Most of "Musical Chairs" settles for being simple, familiar and ineffective, though I suspect it'll warm a few hearts.
| Original Score: 2/4
A feel-good romantic fantasy that is likely to inspire a hollow laugh among some people in wheelchairs.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's a square genre picture that's just unassuming enough to be moderately diverting.
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.
By the time the mirror ball finally spins, we have long since lost interest.
Would-be 'triumph of the human spirit' saga set among wheelchair-bound dancers blows it through shallow concept and characterizations.
Seidelman's unflagging enthusiasm, which extends to her buoyant cast, winds up giving this superficial story a bit of unexpected depth.
An endearing romantic drama about a creative young Puerto Rican with a passion for dance.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Charming and upbeat, and it's stuffed with great, vibrant, insanely catchy music.
| Original Score: 3/4
[The film] has its heart in the right place, but with default-setting characters, loudly telegraphed emotional beats and lack of any real sizzle to enliven its maudlin moralizing, it all feels like a cursory run through a well-trodden routine.
In volleying between sitcom saucy and melodrama maudlin, all that's missing are a braying laugh track and feigned tears.
| Original Score: C-
All would be forgiven if Seidelman weren't so damningly dispassionate about dance, cutting up and away from movement and devaluing the thing we'd countenance so much cheese in order to see.
Seidelman's reverential treatment of her performers, and their acutely warmhearted efforts in return, makes you wish all involved had a slightly stronger showcase for their talents.
| Original Score: 3/5
The schmaltzy and benign tale of a ballroom dancer who accepts and transcends her unexpected disability through the power of art and love.
A delightful romance between an upper-middle-class WASP and a working-class Latino.
| Original Score: B+