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From its bland story to its unremarkable animation, Leap! does little to distinguish itself from a long list of like-minded -- and superior -- family-friendly alternatives. Read critic reviews

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Best friends Félicie and Victor hatch a plan to escape from their rural orphanage in 19th-century France. Félicie dreams of becoming a ballerina, while Victor wants to use his brainpower to invent things. After busting out, Félicie makes her way to the Paris Opera where she joins a class of highly trained dancers who are auditioning for the lead in a production of "The Nutcracker."

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Elle Fanning
Félicie
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Nat Wolff
Victor
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Maddie Ziegler
Camille
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Mel Brooks
Luteau
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Kate McKinnon
Regine, Mother Superior, Felicie's Mother
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Tamir Kapelian
Rudolph, Mathurin
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Julie Khaner
Regine
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Joe Sheridan
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Elena Dunkleman
Dora, Rosita
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Éric Warin
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Éric Summer
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Carol Noble
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Laurent Zeitoun
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Valérie d'Auteuil
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Critic Reviews for Leap!

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  • Leap! wants to be a grand jeté, but it's stuck in first position.

    August 31, 2017 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • The well-chosen voice cast helps make this a fairly engaging tale, even though the film is riddled with a wealth of head-scratching anachronistic errors.

    August 31, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Leap! follows a pretty simple formula, but the animation during the ballet scenes is lively and well-done. It's spirited enough to keep the film from feeling too familiar.

    August 28, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The anachronistic pop songs actually work quite nicely with the scenes of classical dancing, and will most likely help hold the attention of the little ones.

    August 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The French animated adventure Leap! is at turns stupendous and insufferable, the film never showing enough faith in its audience in order for the lovely little scenario of resilience and fortitude at the heart of things to ever resonate . . .

    August 25, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Though the mix of poppy power anthems and Tchaikovsky isn't seamless and the familiar plot points are less than transporting, there's a beating heart to this tween story to match its exuberant dance sequences.

    August 25, 2017 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 02, 2018
    An awkward and choppily paced animated film, with soaring dancing sequences but tone deaf screenwriting and irritating characters. Voiceovers don't match up with the animated mouths and the whole affair is misjudged morally, accounting an audition for a role as a kind of elimination Survivor competition, and a misguided climax. It's a wholly lower-tier animation. Rating: 35
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2017
    There is nothing particularly memorable about Leap! an animated film being released by The Weinstein Co. that was originally titled Ballerina when it premiered in France and the United Kingdom last winter. That said, there is nothing particularly offensive about it either. Rather, Leap! is a sincere attempt to re-visit and reiterate age old lessons to the younger generations that continue to be born and require reassurance that they too can accomplish their dreams with hard work and dedication. That is essentially what Leap! comes to be as it sells the underdog story of a young girl who overcomes obstacles such as being an orphan in order to accomplish her dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. The film earns some credibility and points for uniqueness by taking the chance of placing itself in a period setting for no other reason than writer/directors Éric Summer and Éric Warinwhich wanted to which would seem to inherently be a reason for youngsters to disengage, but alas the movie chugs along not missing a beat despite the fact parents who have seen any movie ever will be able to guess the beats Leap! will seemingly follow. This never becomes an issue though, as the film sets its audience up to accept this then revels in the setting allowing it to influence the different approaches the movie is able to illustrate in regards to our two protagonists key passions. Felicie (Elle Fanning) with her dancing and Victor (Dane DeHaan) who is an inventor with an affinity for devices that might help us to one day fly. All of this endears us to the two of them immediately as not only are they orphaned and living in the midst of the late-1880's, but despite as much they have hopes and dreams and are bound to find a way out of their situation no matter how difficult Luteau (Mel Brooks), the groundskeeper at the orphanage, fights to keep them in line. The groundwork is laid early for what the viewer can expect as far as narrative goes as well as for how Summer and Warinwhich will handle the craft of this type of storytelling that relies on such unsurprising, but well-intentioned clichés. What Leap! has in its back pocket is that none of these obvious or typically telling factors corrupt the ever-glowing optimism that it holds and delivers through to its predictable, but appropriately cheery conclusion. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2017
    With a movie that has nothing to do with what the title suggests it should have been otherwise so, Leap! fails to set promises and doesn't even know what it's trying to be or even doing in the first place. That money should be used for something else if you're planning to waste money on this backfiring movie that unfortunately attempts to be something else.
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