A Ballerina's Tale Reviews

March 8, 2019
This documentary shows what many of us know from real life, that artists need support systems in place-and women and people of color often have to build their own.
August 18, 2016
George's ace in the hole is his subject herself. Copeland is captivating, oozing talent and charisma in equal parts.
February 26, 2016
...sometimes this film feels like the work of a publicist rather than a documentarian, but it's still worth seeing, particularly if you are interested in ballet.
February 8, 2016
A Ballerina's Tale is far from an exhaustive or even complete documentary, but George... captures the behind-the-scenes grit required of any great artist while also making it clear why this artist is more important than most.
January 15, 2016
As an examination of how idealized conceptions of the ballerina have fed racial homogeneity in the industry, A Ballerina's Tale sticks with stuff we already know.
January 14, 2016
George approaches his subject with a great deal of respect, which sometimes makes the film seem a little cautious. But the more time he spends with Copeland, the more I could appreciate the choice.
November 19, 2015
Stay for the end credits, which include a tribute to the (sadly few) black ballerinas who came before Copeland; you suspect, watching footage of the little girls who eagerly wait after performances, that many more will follow in her graceful footsteps.
November 6, 2015
Engrossing dance docu introduces powerful role model.
October 29, 2015
The movie follows Copeland on stage and off during an unprecedented chapter in ballet history.
October 23, 2015
Ultimately fails to deliver the sort of inspirational uplift that should have been a given.
October 22, 2015
Warm, compelling, slightly adoring.
October 18, 2015
A worthy story gets flat-footed treatment in Nelson George's portrait of ballerina Misty Copeland.
October 15, 2015
This is a good movie about a subject and a person who deserve a great movie.
October 14, 2015
Lacks critical objectivity and feels more like a public-relations exercise than the probing documentary its remarkable subject deserves.
October 14, 2015
A nuanced, polished presentation of one of the hardest working women in her field - or any field.
October 13, 2015
The part of [Ms. Copeland's] story that "A Ballerina's Tale" reveals best is the role of a group of successful older black women who took her under their wings and helped her feel less alone. This ballerina's tale is also theirs.
October 13, 2015
In A Ballerina's Tale, director Nelson George paints a moving portrait of Copeland that underscores her triumphs over bodily and historical limitations.
September 25, 2015
Even in grainy video from her early days, this dancer sends sparks flying. We get a good sense not just of her artistry, but of the sheer grit and strong mentorship it's taken to get her to the top.