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Mad Hot Ballroom Reviews

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Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 17, 2015
It will sweep you off your feet.
Emanuel Levy
March 1, 2011
Inspiring and enjoyable, this docu chronicles the physical and psychological transformation of school kids of different social classes as they enter into the 'exotic' world of ballroom dancing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A sweet, and utterly entertaining portrait of children learning about confidence, achievement, skill, and also understanding the game of the sexes at such a young age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
April 16, 2009
Charming, poignant and festive "Mad Hot Ballroom" is an inspirational documentary that shows the power of dance to invigorate self-esteem and ambition in young hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The dozen or so whom Agrelo and Sewell chose to emphasize are especially appealing, but nearly all of them are bright, thoughtful, confident and dedicated -- a heartening glimpse of the coming generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carolyn Arends
Christianity Today
September 27, 2006
In all its unscripted glory, it shows us pre-adolescence with an astonishing authenticity that should be the envy of a hundred coming-of-age movies.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Cute, comical kids help make this ballroom dancing comp-romp a feelgood winner despite inexpert editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Raven Snook
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Charming if slightly overlong.
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
For its length, it would have been nice to learn a little bit more about some of the children. Nonetheless, Mad Hot Ballroom is still an uplifting and inspiring tale.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Utichi
December 6, 2005
While Agrelo pushes a little too hard at times the attitude of the kids and the enthusiasm with which they perform dance makes it well worth a look.
| Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Leyland
December 6, 2005
It's a tale of tears, triumph and tread-upon toes; it may wear you out, but it'll put a spring in your step too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
December 6, 2005
... it's delightful to see the kids enthusiastically cheering each other on and they are terrific dancers. It'll make you want to take ballroom dancing lessons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 3, 2005
[Its] heart shines through during conversational scenes with the candid children.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 19, 2005
A delightful documentary that shows how creative expression is a necessity in the lives of urban children.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 14, 2005
persuasively shows how these lessons help bridge the gap between boys and girls during that uneasy period when the sexes are still suspicious of each other.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 14, 2005
Only an icy hearted cynic could disparage this joyous, infectious documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
September 30, 2005
There's not a sequin, an ostrich feather nor a miniature tuxedo in sight, and everybody who gets anywhere near the finals looks absolutely right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 30, 2005
By the end we're glowing with pride just like their parents and teachers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
September 22, 2005
Surprising, delightful and inspiring, Mad Hot Ballroom is an entertaining documentary about 11 year old kids finding a focus and pursuing their passion
Pam Grady
September 10, 2005
By turns funny, moving, and most definitely feel-good.
| Original Score: 3/4
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
July 16, 2005
Janet Smith
Georgia Straight
June 4, 2005
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