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Billy Elliot Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Terrific story of young ballet dancer has strong language.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 25, 2010
The film about atypical artistic pursuits in a blue-collar community that "The Full Monty" sought to be. Peter Darling's choreography dexterously captures the defiance in the dancing - rage against economical and emotional repression in a motherless home.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 14, 2007
When sticking with Billy and his inspirational story, director Stephen Daldry hits all the right steps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 10, 2003
Daldry coaches an astonishing performance from Bell.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 15, 2002
The story is familiar, to be sure, but director Stephen Daldry and writer Lee Hall tell it so persuasively it's irresistible, and the movie's score of vintage T. Rex classics could do for glam-rock what "The Full Monty" did for disco.
Collin Souter
eFilmCritic.com
April 19, 2002
Billy Elliot earns every one of its sentiments and emotions without getting overly manipulative or preachy
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
November 16, 2001
A feel-good movie that should have felt even better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 20, 2001
Billy Elliot is charming and entertaining. It's a bit of British fluff, enjoyable and lightweight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 11, 2001
For every boy who played with dolls or performed an activity once thought 'girly;' for every girl who played sports or was considered a 'Tom boy...'
| Original Score: 3/4
June 15, 2001
Because the story is so entirely straightforward, the beauty is more in the performances and in the subtle touches than in the journey itself.
Full Review| Original Score: 4.5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
April 19, 2001
Daldry can piece together a competent montage sequence, but he has no idea how to hold your attention without resorting to inspid, watery melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Brandon Judell
PopcornQ
April 3, 2001
I always say to people at home with regards to prejudice that the theatre is wonderful, because it embraces everybody.
March 14, 2001
Billy Elliot es una oda al espíritu humano, así como un recordatorio divertido y sincero de la importancia de luchar por los sueños
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
maintains a delicate balancing act between the comical tale of a boy's desire to be a ballet dancer and the backdrop of hard-edged, violent realism against which it is set
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
February 15, 2001
While it flirts with melodrama here and there, the heart-warming payoff worked for me.
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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
February 7, 2001
...basically just sits there for a good long hour before it picks up any sensible speed. Is it all worth it, though? In ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
February 7, 2001
The most emotionally satisfying film of the year.
| Original Score: 85/100
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Real and consequential.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Neither revolutionary in its approach or subject matter nor seamless in its storytelling, Billy Elliot nevertheless manages to sketch the lives of characters we come to care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Julie Walters ... is spirited and colorful as the ballet teacher, and Gary Lewis is somehow convincing as the dad even when the screenplay requires him to make big offscreen swings of position.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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