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Mad Hot Ballroom Reviews

November 17, 2015
It will sweep you off your feet.
February 9, 2006
Charming if slightly overlong.
August 5, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 20, 2005
It's kind of like the dance version of that documentary Rock School.
June 10, 2005
The kids are adorable, and so is the movie.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 5, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 3, 2005
Aside from being perfectly irresistible, the movie is also deeply inspiring, especially for children.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2005
The film's unintentional revelation may be that the competition isn't near as important as the education. The trophy is only a faint shadow of what has been accomplished.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 3, 2005
Wins you over with kid after kid after kid saying the darndest things about boys and girls, winning and losing, and a host of other issues.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 3, 2005
For director Marilyn Agrelo and screenwriter Amy Sewell, the documentary is a beautifully realized first effort. For the documented youngsters, it's a celebration of their stamina, tenacity and unforced lovability.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 3, 2005
Mad Hot Ballroom had me at '... and go!'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2005
It's a dynamic snapshot of youth in the big city, of kids who talk tough and act up but savor the discipline and structure of their dance classes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 3, 2005
This engaging look at New York City school kids who learn ballroom dancing and participate in citywide competitions gains impact from watching kids learning unexpected skills.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 2, 2005
Although not a great film, it's a joy to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 2, 2005
The dedication the youngsters bring to their dancing is infectious, and that gives this documentary a leg up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 27, 2005
The kids are remarkably open -- and tentative -- about their feelings.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 27, 2005
There are so many funny yet wrenching moments that the film's refusal to stop and probe can be a gift.
May 20, 2005
Sweet and wise little film.
May 20, 2005
What is loveliest is listening to the kids talk. They are at a touchingly sweet stage, still plump-cheeked and mischievous, bravely trying to make sense of a complicated world and their place in it.
May 20, 2005
Offers a rare glimpse of what's on the minds of pre-adolescent kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 20, 2005
Watching the kids dance is irresistible, but director Marilyn Agrelo is sensitive to the full complex of emotions invoked by the competition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 20, 2005
A crowd-pleaser of immense proportions.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 20, 2005
The film grows in rhythm and grace as the competition approaches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 20, 2005
Take the kids. The 10-year-old I had the pleasure to watch the movie with was transfixed, racked with suspense, and mirroring the moves before it was half over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 19, 2005
Warm, funny and very difficult to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 19, 2005
A frisky charmer.
May 19, 2005
A testament to the discipline, humor, and life of kids who swing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 18, 2005
Resistance is futile. It's impossible not to be swept up into the uplifting world of Mad Hot Ballroom.
May 18, 2005
This is an amazing documentary achievement -- easily as good, if not better, than any recent 'feel good' fictional story that Hollywood has put on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 13, 2005
Director Marilyn Agrelo is able to capture with easy charm and grace what happens between 10- and 11-year-old boys and girls as they break out of their childhood shells and interact with each other.
May 13, 2005
A lovely movie, full of real-life drama (you can almost see it being turned into an off-Broadway musical).
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 13, 2005
Mad Hot Ballroom is a crowd-pleaser of the first order.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2005
This winning documentary about fifth-graders who learn ballroom dancing is one of those movies that make the world a brighter place.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 12, 2005
It's fascinating to watch those who initially slouched and dragged their feet grow into nimble and determined competitive dancers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2005
New York City fifth graders determinedly go through the paces of traditional ballroom dancing in this slight, charming documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 12, 2005
Watching these lively people, young and old, express their wishes, confess their fears and kick uptheir heels is enough to make you proud to be a New Yorker. Heck, proud to be human.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 12, 2005
Mad Hot Ballroom is really about children being so disarmingly adorable that an overlong, somewhat lackluster documentary about them can seem like an inspiring triumph.
May 10, 2005
One foosball game in an American-flag-bedecked Bensonhurst basement leaves us yearning for more intimate portraits.