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Billy Elliot Reviews

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January 1, 2000
The movie pours on scenes ... so manipulative and phony ... that our response is unnecessary.
January 1, 2000
It demands love, which is the best way not to get it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: D+
January 1, 2000
The short shrift given to ... background considerations gives the film a shallowness.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 1, 2000
A predictable story.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 1, 2000
A bit of working-class malarkey so unrelentingly sweet, so determinedly dotty, it makes the teeth ache.
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
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
The young actor does his best, and, whereas we certainly root for his character, the movie is just too formulaic to be able to recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 1, 2000
A triumphal piece of stealth schmaltz.
January 1, 2000
Sticky-sweet confectioner's paste, bad for your teeth and liable to give you a tummy ache two hours later.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
There's a certain sense of violation on the viewer's part, to have all one's trusted suspension of disbelief suddenly run over by such a barrage of easy cliché.
January 1, 2000
Not trusting the audience to have any reaction that has not been completely stage-managed, [Hall and Daldry] lay on the sentimentality and the cliches as thick as they can, which is pretty thick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
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
January 1, 2000
Bell is extraordinary as Billy, the best child actor performance since Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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