Dance Academy: The Comeback Reviews

March 13, 2018
Xenia Goodwin projects an ethereal quality when she dances -- and even in other scenes -- so I was drawn to her character. I also love the sensitive way romance is integrated into this endearing dance film.
March 13, 2018
Captivating, graceful story of young dancers on the verge.
May 31, 2017
There's a realness to these characters and their journey that makes this worth a look.
April 14, 2017
I liked the Emma Stone-Ryan Gosling song and dance romance-drama, but for me Dance Academy feels more real. It has something about it that is more dramatic, more emotional, more complex.
April 12, 2017
Strauss is a writer of real flair. A former teen dancer, she knows the milieu like the back of her hand and is not ashamed to take delight in an all-Aussie phrase like "pity pash".
April 12, 2017
The dialogue isn't exactly sparkling. It's matter-of-fact at best, cliched at worst, but Tara and friends are easy to like. The ballet movie tradition is well served.
April 10, 2017
What it lacks in surprises, it makes up for in poise, a standard coat of glossy-imaged polish, and an affable teen melodrama air.
April 7, 2017
Fans of the show will feel dutifully well-served. Those coming to the film cold might feel a little iced out.
April 6, 2017
While maintaining the heart that helped make it a small-screen hit, Dance Academy looks every bit the sumptuous big-screen drama.
April 6, 2017
If you want to be a snob about dance-based drama for teens, that's your choice, but you're about to miss out on something pretty great.
April 5, 2017
The old-fashion story path navigated here (much of which takes place in the US) is a lot more downbeat and realistic about the plight of young performers than many viewers will expect. The movie as a whole is all the better for it.
April 5, 2017
Walker exhibits admirable restraint in the face of such potentially overwrought romantic tropes, refusing to milk the emotional moments, encouraging his actors to underplay the key scenes. The characters' self-deprecating humour also serves the film well.
April 5, 2017
Subversive entertainment it ain't. But nor is this well-paced yarn - with pleasing albeit narrowly scoped performances from a perky cast - bereft of pleasantries and surprises.
March 27, 2017
In the final stanza of "Dance Academy" it finally becomes the movie that you're hoping it will be; it's a crowd pleaser that has surprises up its sleeve.
March 27, 2017
Dance Academy fans will already be on board for the feature-length continuing adventures of Tara and company, but newcomers will have a good time, too