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Mad Hot Ballroom Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 24, 2005
Overpopulated and untidy but driven by a relentlessly sunny spirit...
| Original Score: B-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 22, 2005
Yet another example of a slight, TV-newsworthy story that jitterbugs its sweet little self into exhaustion on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 12, 2005
the filmmakers have a shaky grasp on differentiating their classrooms to delve into any...controversial aspects and build no suspense for the final competition
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 23, 2005
[Mad Hot Ballroom is] the kind of film that used to be relegated to an after school special
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
June 17, 2005
One thing becomes abundantly clear. Even if you're 10, it's impossible to hold back a smile while swinging your hips to the merengue.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
June 17, 2005
The result is like an extended fluff piece you would see on a news magazine. It's cute, but it leaves you wanting more... and less.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 20, 2005
Disappointingly superficial -- even the most interesting children get lost in the constant shuffle on and off-stage. It spends too little time with too many people.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
May 12, 2005
The kids are cute and the intentions are good, but ultimately [the film] plays like a teacher's presentation to the school board about the importance of arts education.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Thomas
May 11, 2005
lacks the tension that marks a movie like Spellbound
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
July 16, 2005
Were I not from Manhattan, I can't imagine gleaning anything from Mad Hot Ballroom beyond a desire to pinch those ragamuffin's precious cheeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 40/100
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
July 1, 2005
It's amazing how little we end up knowing about the specific schools and the environment where these kids come from and how much time we're left watching them look cute.
Full Review | Original Score: 40/100
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
May 10, 2005
One foosball game in an American-flag-bedecked Bensonhurst basement leaves us yearning for more intimate portraits.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 17, 2005
Director Marilyn Agrelo includes so many different kids and teachers that the film becomes like an overcrowded dance floor.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
May 25, 2005
about the best documentary movie anyone could make about ten-year olds learning ballroom dancing. But still, it's a movie about ten-year olds learning ballroom dancing.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 12, 2005
Many moviegoers will swoon over the young folks' earnest efforts to learn gracefulness and sociability. But at heart this is a cuteness exploitation flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
June 9, 2005
The movie is better at preaching the socializing influence of 'proper' activity than it is at getting fully involved with the beneficiaries.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 17, 2005
Too scattershot an affair, offering surprisingly little depth in its coverage of either students or teachers.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 25, 2005
In contrast to its great title, Mad Hot Ballroom is anything but: Let's just say I was not spellbound.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5

Baltimore Sun
June 3, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 10, 2005
The kids are adorable, and so is the movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
Janet Smith
Georgia Straight
June 4, 2005
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
July 16, 2005
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