Ballerina (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Ballerina's rich setting and beautifully animated dance sequences elevate a solidly crafted all-ages adventure with a surprising amount of colorful flair.

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Felicie is a young orphan from Brittany with only one passion: dance. With her best friend Victor, who wants to become a great inventor, they devise a madcap plan to escape the orphanage for Paris, the City of Lights where the Eiffel Tower is still being built ! Felicie will have to fight like never before to surpass herself and to learn from her mistakes, to make her wildest dream come true: becoming a prima ballerina at the Paris Opera...

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Critic Reviews for Ballerina

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (4)

This serviceable French-Canadian digimation cleaves to the post-Cowell definition of the word "journey": its heroine is a redheaded dreamer (voiced by Elle Fanning) who flees her orphanage to blag a spot at the fin de siècle Paris Opera.

Jun 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Guardian
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There's plenty of visual whimsy in the late-19th-century setting - the animators render a gorgeous Paris - while enthusiastic dance sequences and comic beats balance out melodrama.

Jun 13, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

At one point, Félicie's ballet teacher tells her that she has "the energy of a bullet" but no technique or focus; the same is true of Ballerina itself.

Jun 13, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Even if it never quite takes the risks implied by its exclamatory title ... "Leap!" follows the established steps with general grace and good humor.

Jun 13, 2017 | Full Review…
Variety
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The title of this French animation will be catnip to a certain demographic - young, fond of a tutu, dreams of Swan Lake in their hearts.

Aug 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The filmmakers take few false (or risky) steps... [Full review in Spanish]

Mar 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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