Only When I Dance (Vida Ballet) Reviews

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 22, 2010
It becomes impossible to take Only When I Dance seriously as more than the superficial account of a frustratingly tentative bystander.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Reiter
New York Press
June 30, 2010
The film focuses strongly on issues of class as well as race.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
June 30, 2010
What's unique to Beadie Finzi's debut feature is what it reveals about the financial, physical and emotional costs of talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike Hale
New York Times
July 2, 2010
Casting is the key here, and Ms. Finzi chose wisely.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
June 29, 2010
British director Beadie Finzi follows both dancers to international competitions, where the difficult questions raised by their struggles are set aside.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 1, 2010
A wonderful documentary about two young talented black ballet dancers from working-class families and the yearning that propels them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 14, 2010
This inspiring, involving documentary traces the stories of two dancers from the favelas of Rio de Janiero in a disarmingly simple way
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 17, 2010
This excellent documentary evokes considerable empathy for two amazing, dedicated youngsters who prove that ballet is not only for the elite.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 25, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 2, 2010
Finzi's lovingly filmed movie draws viewers into the lives of its two young heroes. You don't have to be a ballet buff to be moved by Isabela's and Irlan's stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
July 1, 2010
A modest but genuinely moving dance documentary, which soulfully captures the glory and heartbreak of performance art.

Daily Telegraph
June 25, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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