Jig Reviews

December 29, 2011
Jig should appeal to dancers of all kinds, but I'm not sure how much replay value it has.
June 17, 2011
The judging is so arcane, it makes figure skating look sensible.
June 17, 2011
Bourne shows little knowledge or curiosity about her subject and doesn't find its magic in this pedestrian documentary.
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.
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.
June 17, 2011
Too close to a TV dance competition show to go far in theaters.
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?
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.
June 15, 2011
Must every subculture competition receive a pop documentary?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.