Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)



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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Critic Reviews for Mad Hot Ballroom

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (38)

It will sweep you off your feet.

November 17, 2015 | Full Review…
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Charming if slightly overlong.

February 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.

August 5, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
Rolling Stone
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It's kind of like the dance version of that documentary Rock School.

June 20, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
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The kids are adorable, and so is the movie.

June 10, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
Orlando Sentinel
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Clearly, the dance lessons are life lessons as well, nurturing self-confidence, team spirit, the joy of dancing and even a slight touch of Old World etiquette in an otherwise too-busy- to-be-courteous world.

June 5, 2005 | Rating: B
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Audience Reviews for Mad Hot Ballroom

Sweet but kind of slow.

Julie B
Julie B

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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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