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Dancing Across Borders Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 31, 2010
This is a film that ought to be watched by all youngsters hoping for a career in dance.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 3, 2010
Less than an hour and a half long, it seems to take forever to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 21, 2010
Have you ever listened to someone delightedly telling you a story and not realizing how badly he comes off in his own tale? That's the queasy sensation I got from the documentary Dancing Across Borders.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 20, 2010
The rehearsal footage of Sy is repetitive, but the peculiar dynamic between sponsor and protégé is fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 4, 2010
Dance fanatics will appreciate the story, as will fans of cross-culturalism in the arts. Let's leave all mention of exploitation of the exotic for another time and place.
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
April 30, 2010
You may want to strangle Bass with her couture capris, but Borders eventually becomes the inspirational film you suspect it meant to be all along.
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Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post
April 30, 2010
Do-gooder vanity projects don't come more self-aggrandizing than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
April 30, 2010
There are times when the subject of a documentary transcends merely adequate filmmaking, and that is very much the case with Dancing Across Borders...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
April 25, 2010
The film is a wonderful mix of ballet rehearsals and performances, the saga of a young artist's struggle and success, and a personal story of dealing with cross-cultural conflict and resolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 22, 2010
Sometimes with documentaries, the best intentions have a way of making decent people look bad. Dancing Across Borders is a dismaying case in point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Gantz
Boston Phoenix
April 21, 2010
Twyla Tharp calls him "remarkable," and watching him do Harlequin in Balanchine's La Sonnambula, you can see why: he might not be a born ballet dancer, but he's a born performer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
April 16, 2010
It's a rare film that gives viewers the opportunity to watch an artist-in-training pretty much from square one, and "Dancing Across Borders" does just that.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 8, 2010
In carefully edited clips from his Cambodian years (brief mention is made of Pol Pot's devastating influence), as well as later performances in the United States, Bass demonstrates his stunning leaps and graceful partnering.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 6, 2010
Informative and flavorful, though lacking in surprise, since Sar's evident sweetness and talent seem to be guiding him to acclaim from the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine
March 26, 2010
Lacks probing interviews to highlight the tremendous cultural change, but Sy remains an engaging focus point and there are numerous performance sequences that ably demonstrate his growing accomplishments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 26, 2010
Offered only hints of life away from the barre or of Sy's relationship with his coolly poised benefactress, viewers will see either a very fortunate young man or a beautiful protégé, dancing as fast as he can to please everyone but himself.
| Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 26, 2010
Inspiring but not inspired...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
March 25, 2010
As subjects for documentaries go, a dancer who hasn't really done a whole lot with his life so far isn't, on paper, the most arresting story you can tell
| Original Score: 3/5
Aaron Cutler
Slant Magazine
March 25, 2010
The film spends an inordinate amount of time with people talking about what a good dancer Sy is, as opposed to showing him actually dancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 24, 2010
An astonishing documentary about a young male ballet performer from Cambodia who has startled and amazed the dance world with his bold leaps and incredible grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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