Billy Elliot - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Billy Elliot Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 1, 2000
The movie pours on scenes ... so manipulative and phony ... that our response is unnecessary.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It demands love, which is the best way not to get it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 1, 2000
The short shrift given to ... background considerations gives the film a shallowness.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
A predictable story.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
A bit of working-class malarkey so unrelentingly sweet, so determinedly dotty, it makes the teeth ache.
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
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
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
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
January 1, 2000
A triumphal piece of stealth schmaltz.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
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
David Noh
Film Journal International
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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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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James Berardinelli
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
Bell is extraordinary as Billy, the best child actor performance since Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense.
| Original Score: 4/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 24, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
January 9, 2004
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
January 1, 2000
Jason Anderson
January 1, 2000
Marc Savlov
Anchorage Press
June 11, 2001
Claire Monk
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
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David Rooney
July 23, 2008
Gaby Bila-Gunther
Senses of Cinema
October 20, 2008

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
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Ebert & Roeper
January 1, 2000

National Post
January 1, 2000

April 16, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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