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Billy Elliot Reviews

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March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 4, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
It's not often that you overhear someone say with real feeling after the credits have rolled: 'That was a wonderful movie.'
January 1, 2000
Even if the story is sometimes too sweet to be true, we go out of the theater feeling good.
January 1, 2000
Bravo! to everyone involved.
January 1, 2000
Billy Elliot is a feel-good movie that you don't have to feel bad about feeling good about.
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
January 1, 2000
The best dance film in ages.
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
Tells a story that is entirely conventional and predictable, but it does so with great charm.
January 1, 2000
Real and consequential.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Its dry humor, earthy performances and distinctive take on the clash between art and life help it earn every tear and cheer.
January 1, 2000
Jamie Bell, the irrepressible child actor who plays him, communicates a sense of urgency in the role that commands attention.
January 1, 2000
The movie brims with visual wit.
January 1, 2000
It may be that the most fierce performance of the year comes from Jamie Bell.
January 1, 2000
One of those movies where it's impossible not to find yourself cheering for the scruffy underdog hero.
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
People who see it may feel like dancing out of the theater afterward. Go for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
A surprisingly wise and funny meditation on the nature of what it truly means to be a man.
January 1, 2000
You'll be there, rooting for the lad with a smile -- and a tear or two.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
A model of purposefulness; a movie rich, but not lost, in background detail and fair-minded in its account of Thatcherite woes to the working class.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
[Bell] makes Billy the angelic urchin joyous in a streetwise, unphony way, and his dancing, which fuses classical ballet rigor with a loose jointed pop showmanship, is electric.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
This movie does have a certain undeniable charm.
January 1, 2000
The unvarnished, non-enhanced spectacle of a human being executing a display of physical prowess will always have the power to astonish, and the young Mr. Bell proves this very nicely.
January 1, 2000
It demands love, which is the best way not to get it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 1, 2000
One of those rare movies that earns its feel-good ending without turning a blind eye to the compromises and little sorrows of everyday life.
Read More | Original Score: A-
January 1, 2000
A bit of working-class malarkey so unrelentingly sweet, so determinedly dotty, it makes the teeth ache.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: B
January 1, 2000
By setting this intimate conflict against a wider social drama, Daldry makes his portrait of a dancer all the more compelling.
January 1, 2000
The arc of its story may be as old as the hills, but Daldry and his amazing young star, Jamie Bell, make every moist-eyed moment seem utterly, vitally new.
January 1, 2000
Turns out to be that rare melodrama that earns both its laughter and its tears.
January 1, 2000
There's actually a lot going on in this little movie, and first-time feature director Stephen Daldry ... handles all of it deftly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
An indelible portrait of its time and place. And you can dance to it.
January 1, 2000
Movies that are labeled 'feel-good' often sound as inviting as a Sally Field Oscar acceptance speech, but Billy Elliot, a U.K. import, comes by its sentiment honestly.
Read More | Original Score: 80/100
January 1, 2000
Avoids the kind of cheap manipulation inherent in its underdog scenario, leavening its uplift with sober (but never maudlin) drama.