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Strictly Ballroom (1992)



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This wildly off-beat comedy is about a male dancer (Paul Mercurio) who refuses to follow the accepted rules of ballroom dancing and creates his own style of choreography, which infuriates the ballroom dancing establishment. Before he's scheduled to compete in the Pan-Pacific ballroom championships, he's forced to take up a new partner (Tara Morice), a beginner who initially seems without promise. With his help, she turns into an assured and wonderful dancer. Baz Luhrmann's visual style may be too bright, gaudy and exaggerated for some tastes, yet he treats his characters with compassion, which makes Strictly Ballroom such an engaging comedy.

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Critic Reviews for Strictly Ballroom

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (5)

A delight.

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Baz Luhrman is nothing short of a national filmmaking treasure.

September 15, 2017 | Full Review…

so reserved for Luhrmann as a director, yet it is as fabulous and colorful as any other film out there

January 6, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A crow-pleaster hat took the inernational festival circuit by storm and put Aussie filmmaker Luhrmann on the map as a talent to watch.

July 22, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Listen to the rhythm of your heart in Strictly Ballroom, where tears and laughter blend seamlessly in an extravagantly theatrical story about love, dreams and overcoming your fears.

October 3, 2008 | Full Review…

An Australian classic - and deservedly so!

July 23, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Strictly Ballroom


"Vivir con miedo es como vivir en medias." I thoroughly enjoyed this film!! It was bright! It was jazzy! It was fun! It was unique! And above all.... AUSTRALIAN! Baz Luhrmann will never cease to visually dazzle me. Gorgeous and sweet!

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

Pretty enjoyable romantic dance movie, before it became a craze.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

A weird assortment of motley characters who don't really have a purpose in the story other than to be weird. I liked the dancing, and Baz Luhrmann's...don't know how to describe it, Japanese game show...? visuals were to say in the least, original. But, it's not much of a story, and I don't think it ever is with Luhrmann actually (Moulin Rouge = courtesan dies, Romeo and Juliet = they both die, this one = nobody dies but they hook up, which is good), and it's sort of funny sometimes but I guess I don't really GET Australian humor so I don't know. On the fence with this one. Paul Mercurio is super sexy, nevertheless.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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