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Center Stage Reviews

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Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Melodramatic, a bit racy -- some teens will love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Ethan Steifel's unforgettable dancing seems to defy the laws of gravity -- and without computerized special effects.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 16, 2002
Offers insights into the rigors, foibles, physical pain, and competitiveness in the modern world of ballet.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 20, 2001
Center Stage proves that it's hard to make a bad dance movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 19, 2001
[Hytner's] widescreen direction of the many dance sequences has a snap to it the likes of which hasn't been seen in studio musical filmmaking for years.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cornell & Petricelli
January 1, 2000
What a joy to see a young woman say 'no' to sexual advances, even from a former lover, while maintaining a sense of power and purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
What really counts in Center Stage are the extended dance scenes, all of which are absolutely exhilarating.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
The inspiring central plot still works, the actors are refreshing and the dance is great to watch, making Center Stage a worthwhile experience.
| Original Score: 73/100
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Lacks brio.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Monica Eng
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Fortunately, it also contains several more complex characters who manage to make the film a surprisingly engaging affair.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 1, 2000
Not since The Turning Point has a dance movie done so many cinematic pirouettes with such a graceful sense of audience-pleasing fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
A lightweight but highly likeable and, at times, thrilling film.
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
To watch it is to be transported to your living room sofa on the laziest, rainiest Sunday afternoon, saying 'thank you USA television' between Wendys commercials.
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
I'm a guy, but it's my job to admit I liked Center Stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 1, 2000
Despite it being ballet-dancing, which I admit to despising personally, I still managed to remain quite interested.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dustin Putman
January 1, 2000
An often remarkably exhilarating and surprisingly insightful dance drama, perhaps the most impressionable and well-made in its genre since 1987's Dirty Dancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Although Center Stage doesn't really find its groove until the last act, its dance numbers are well worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 1, 2000
A joyous celebration of youth and show business.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Margaret Putnam
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
If you have the remotest interest in ballet, Center Stage is impossible to pass up.
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