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The practice and performance sequences are compelling, but the history of the dance style, the intricacies of judging and the personalities of the hoofers are hardly addressed.
It's not the best movie you'll ever see, but as movies about Irish dance competitions go, well, it's pretty high on that list.
Uncovers the sweat and toil behind all the sparkly outfits and clickety-clack footwork.
Bourne shows little knowledge or curiosity about her subject and doesn't find its magic in this pedestrian documentary.
Bourne belabors the judges' final decision to such an excruciating length, it makes the whole movie feel a bit more cloddish than it should.
Too close to a TV dance competition show to go far in theaters.
Jig should appeal to dancers of all kinds, but I'm not sure how much replay value it has.
Not just a chronicle of a competition, a la Spellbound, but a look at the nature of obsession.
A captivating primer on tripping the light fantastic with your arms pinned to your sides!
The judging is so arcane, it makes figure skating look sensible.
Fine for those predisposed to it, but Jig doesn't spend much time elucidating the steps of Irish dance, and the movie unfurls as a haze of performance footage, with neither much contextual mooring nor ambition in staging.
Irish-dancing documentary holds your interest with its range of characters and competitive edge, despite serious directorial missteps.
I think this is one truly amazing film, who could've thought of making a documentary on Irish dancing? I was engaged through out the whole film, the editing was amazing and the individual stories were great too. It's an inspiring film that makes you feel good inside and out.
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