Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

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Critic Consensus: This heartwarming documentary will win audiences over, as the sheer charm of precocious, enthusiastic children learning to dance resonates from the screen.

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This is a profile of several New York City's public school kids and their journey into the world of ballroom dancing. The eleven-year-olds go from reluctantly participating in ballroom dancing to preparing to compete in the citywide finals.

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A much more sanguine view of cultural diversity emerges in this enchanting documentary...what Mad Hot Ballroom lacks in depth, it more than makesup for in charm and vibrancy.

Feb 28, 2018
Newsweek
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It will sweep you off your feet.

Nov 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Charming if slightly overlong.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Listening to the kids talk is a treat in itself, but watching them strut their stuff in the final competition is enough to make you stand up and cheer.

Aug 5, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

It's kind of like the dance version of that documentary Rock School.

Jun 20, 2005

The kids are adorable, and so is the movie.

Jun 10, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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Sweet but kind of slow.

Julie B
Julie B

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½

Cute kids dancing. It's sweet but in a PBS special kind of way.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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Fantastic... I was cheering for those kids. :)

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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OMG what a cuuute documentary! totally got shafted at the oscars, cause i was like MANOHMAN little fifth-graders you have way more hip movement than me.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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