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Jig Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 16, 2011
It's all sweat, stomps, and caked-on make-up as these girls (and a few boys) chase their dreams, for personal glory and, of course, to appease their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Paul Schrodt
Slant Magazine
June 15, 2011
The documentary Jig presents a world that approaches child pageantry in its self-contained weirdness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Schager
Time Out
June 15, 2011
Must every subculture competition receive a pop documentary?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
June 14, 2011
If the structure behind Jig seems familiar, it is. That's because Sue Bourne's film employs the same formula as nearly every entry in an increasingly prevalent documentary subgenre devoted to chronicling specialized competitions.
June 14, 2011
Anyone who has ever attempted to put body, mind and soul together, hoping desperately to achieve undisputed excellence (even if only until next year) will revel in this production's honesty, integrity and love.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 9, 2011
I applaud the filmmaker for making such a fun film about a dance competition that I knew nothing about before the film and for keeping my interest throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
June 3, 2011
A kitsch documentary about the World Irish Dance competition.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
May 10, 2011
There are too many personal stories and themes (rivalry, triumph over adversity, the nobility of sportsmanlike determination...) slugging it out here.
May 9, 2011
It's a slick but empty film, with no real insights into the strange dedication Irish dancing inspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
May 7, 2011
By Jig's end, director Sue Bourne seems to have lost interest in all but two of her young subjects. In fairness, that's two more than I managed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
May 6, 2011
In truth, there's something faintly disturbing in the Little Miss Sunshine sparkle of fake tans, frozen smiles and diamante-studded outfits - it's like a convention of pubertal Liberace impersonators.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
May 6, 2011
It's a quest for perfection that leads to tears or triumph, and Bourne shoots it all with rare skill.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
May 6, 2011
Beautifully filmed and terribly funny, it's a hoot from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Catherine Shoard
Guardian
May 5, 2011
To kick Sue Bourne's documentary about the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships feels both mean and ill-advised - these people sure know how to use their tootsies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Giles Bidder
Little White Lies
May 5, 2011
Few would imagine a film shadowing a little known Irish dance competition could hook you in to relate to the dancers themselves. Jig offers itself as an eye opener to the dedication of all those involved in the fight for a first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 5, 2011
Watchable but ultimately disappointing documentary that's let down by some severe structural problems, a lack of focus in the editing, too many characters, an oddly flat finale and a curious refusal to explore or contextualise the central subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
May 5, 2011
[Shows] a different side to the sometimes disconcerting aspects of preparing and prettifying kids for contests.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
May 4, 2011
While it's easy to sneer at the tweens and their scary parents, you can't ignore their dedication to their dying art, nor their kinetic energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
May 3, 2011
A toe-tapping triumph for dance fans, though less so for non-converts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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