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Take the Lead Reviews

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Kam Williams
San Francisco Post

Lean on Me meets Strictly Ballroom. Tough two-step replaces tough love.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 16, 2007
Jette Kernion
Cinematical

Feels like a product, with decisions made for audience appeal rather than creativity.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 8, 2007
David Noh
Film Journal International

For the most part, Liz Friedlander's direction and frenetic pacing mitigate any real performance opportunities.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Camerin Courtney
Christianity Today

A fun romp of a flick that showcases the power of dance and the human spirit.

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 3/4

November 2, 2006
Collin Souter
eFilmCritic.com

The poster says 'Never follow', while the movie itslef follows every cliche in the book.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 11, 2006
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Urban Cinefile

A feel-good story using music and dance to guide problem kids onto the straight and narrow.....entertaining, although not the showstopper we might hope for

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 13, 2006
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

A bogus, trumped-up 'inspirational' ending goes on forever and all but ruins everything.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

May 12, 2006
Anna Smith
Time Out
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While their transformation is predictable, it's quietly enjoyable, and the teen angle opens the door to romance and gritty gang-war subplots.

Full Review Source: Time Out

May 6, 2006

A scattering of dance sequences that fuse hip-hop and classical beats provide a few shots of energy, but Take The Lead otherwise plods through the motions.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 2/5

May 6, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It's still enjoyable, but never as strong as it should be.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 6, 2006
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Take the Lead offers few if any surprises to anyone who's seen either the aforementioned Breakin', Beat Street, or, most obvious of all, Dangerous Minds.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 6, 2006
Helen OHara
Empire Magazine

The energy and rhythm keep it moving along gracefully.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2006
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Liz Friedlander's "Take the Lead" is a fine example of how all the good intentions in the world can't make a poorly conceived movie good, though a good central performance can at least make it bearable.

| Original Score: C-

May 5, 2006
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

Their acceptance of the tango and foxtrot never seems like much of a dance dance revolution; if you're looking for more than just impressive dancing, well, you got served.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2/4

May 4, 2006
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com

...it goes through it's checklist, epitomized in 80's inspirational student-triumphs-over-socioeconomic-pseudoreality films like "Lean on Me" and its lesser-known predecessor "Stand and Deliver"...

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

May 3, 2006
Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media

As even the film's dance students note in an aside designed to preempt exactly this criticism, this Michelle Pfeiffer plot is corny.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media

April 23, 2006
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

This is never less than watchable but it's shockingly cliched throughout and let down by a badly directed, disappointing climax.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

April 21, 2006
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

Banderas, sans Zorro mask but still dressed in black, goes gamely into a screenplay and film that, frankly could be better.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 17, 2006
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

With very little dancing, this is a highly entertaining, feel-good 'Blackboard Jungle'.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 9/10

April 15, 2006
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

This conventional cross of Dangerous Minds and Mad Hot Ballroom can be beholden to the inspiring teacher movie formula, but Banderas' quiet grace keeps the film from pushing the motivational message too insistently.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: B-

April 14, 2006
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