Hula Girls Reviews

November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
April 4, 2011
Lee has created a film that is endearing, heartfelt and at times very funny.
April 11, 2008
This bitter sweet dramedy sits alongside films such as The Full Monty as it follows a group of coalminers' daughters turning into hula girls.
November 18, 2007
There's nothing new in this very formulaic let's-put-on-a-show drama.
September 21, 2007
An irresistible Japanese import, Hula Girls is a crowd-pleaser so comfortable with its own clich (C)s that it goes down smoother than a mai tai on Maui.
September 8, 2007
An eminently likeable, well-made film.
August 30, 2007
While he's coasting through on his story, [Lee] concentrates on giving his movie a great big heart. Either that, or this tired old tale simply sounds better in Japanese.
July 14, 2007
While the outline of the film's plot is fairly standard and predictable, director Lee Sang-il and his co-screenwriter Daisuke Habara have concocted enough obstacles ... to keep the audience's interest. When the film reaches its climax ... it arrives there
July 13, 2007
U.S. audiences may find themselves impatient with the leisurely way Lee -- a Japanese director of Korean descent -- lets the tale unfold.
July 13, 2007
Director Lee Sang-il employs every possible clich as he shamelessly tries to manipulate viewers' emotions.
July 13, 2007
The dance floor is soon covered with syrupy melodrama.
July 13, 2007
Slick cinematography makes this bland social comedy always watchable, but the movie has its insipid moments.
July 13, 2007
Hula Girls is the latest entry in a durable subgenre about marginalized eccentrics who learn a new skill and become better, stronger people.
July 13, 2007
Where the filmmakers fall flat, aside from undistinguished direction and truly poor lighting and cinematography, is in making the characters such cardboard ciphers.
July 10, 2007
It's all warm, well-shot, instantly forgettable, and familiar to a fault.
June 27, 2007
Steadfast tradition and encroaching progress lock horns in the surprisingly cheerful Hula Girls.
October 17, 2006
Loaded with underdog heroics and bursting with youthful enthusiasm, Hula Girls may be utterly predictable but it sure is a lot of fun.