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Jig Reviews

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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.
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
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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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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 17, 2011
Bourne belabors the judges' final decision to such an excruciating length, it makes the whole movie feel a bit more cloddish than it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
June 17, 2011
Too close to a TV dance competition show to go far in theaters.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 17, 2011
Smallpox has been eliminated from the planet -- so why can't our finest minds seem to be able to do anything about Irish step dancing?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Brent Simon
June 17, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
Jig should appeal to dancers of all kinds, but I'm not sure how much replay value it has.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
June 16, 2011
This programmatic entry in the tykes-and-trophies genre has too much on its plate and not nearly enough on its mind.
| Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
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
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
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Leslie Felperin
May 10, 2011
There are too many personal stories and themes (rivalry, triumph over adversity, the nobility of sportsmanlike determination...) slugging it out here.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 17, 2011
Bourne shows little knowledge or curiosity about her subject and doesn't find its magic in this pedestrian documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
June 17, 2011
The judging is so arcane, it makes figure skating look sensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 25, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Kam Williams
June 24, 2011
A captivating primer on tripping the light fantastic with your arms pinned to your sides!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Catherine Shoard
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
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
June 22, 2011
Uncovers the sweat and toil behind all the sparkly outfits and clickety-clack footwork.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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