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Mao's Last Dancer has a stirring story to tell, but excessive sentimentality and leaden pacing keep this biopic from hitting its marks gracefully. Read critic reviews

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The ballet life of Li Cunxin begins when he 11, taken from his peasant family in rural China to train in Beijing, and he defects to the United States as a cultural exchange student as a young man.

Cast & Crew

Bruce Greenwood
Ben Stevenson
Kyle MacLachlan
Charles Foster
Chi Cao
Li Cunxin
Guo Chengwu
Teenage Li
Huang Wenbin
11-Year-Old Li
Jan Sardi
Screenwriter
Troy Lum
Executive Producer
Peter James
Cinematographer
Mark Warner
Film Editor
Christopher Gordon
Original Music
Herbert Pinter
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Critic Reviews for Mao's Last Dancer

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Audience Reviews for Mao's Last Dancer

  • Jul 13, 2012
    Not a repeat movie by any means. Some of the melodrama seemed over the top and out of place with his relationship with the girl.
    Megan S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2011
    'Mao's Last Dancer' (2010) is fascinating, beautiful, and a perfect movie to watch if you want your heart to fly.
    Noah N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2011
    This is one of those must see based-on-a-true-story movies, even if you aren't into ballet. Beautiful. Entertaining. Inspiring.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2011
    Oh my god, this is such a bad, melodramatic movie. I wanted to watch this because I thought it was a documentary, but Mao's Last Dancer couldn't be further from that.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer

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