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Bruce Beresford's biopic of Li Cunxin, the Chinese ballet dancer who defected while on a student visa in Houston in 1981, is sometimes the movie equivalent of Oscar Meyer cold cuts. But the dancing is pure caviar.
Feel-good movie about a Chinese dancer presses all the right buttons.
Australian director Bruce Beresford handles the culture-clash aspects of the story with a surprising lack of subtlety.
Lovely and astounding, Mao's Last Dancer is a modern epic of art and ambition triumphing oppression.
Too often, though, the film plods along on the ground.
Ballet star Li Cunxin's best-selling autobiography gets a curiously tepid treatment in this 2009 adaptation by director Bruce Beresford.
a sweeping story that has many ups and downs, with some pretty noticeable changes in tone and pace
Missteps prevent ballet drama from reaching great heights.
...somehow makes the extraordinary true story it's based on seem like common corn while succeeding in modest ways.
Woefully creaky and corny.
The script is far too melodramatic, and the performances ... are hamfisted and overwrought.
Mao's Last Dancer is such a profoundly moving story, it's hard not to get drawn in as Li must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice for his American dream.
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.
This is one of those must see based-on-a-true-story movies, even if you aren't into ballet. Beautiful. Entertaining. Inspiring.
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.
Enjoyed watching it once, but don't think it is one I will be watching again. Acting is kind of bad, but I guess some of these were cast more for their dancing skills, which are excellent. I found it more interesting in modern day than the flashbacks, but it is okay, I guess. It did seem to be a bit dumbed down for an American audience, (not sure if that is a fair comment or not), but I do watch quite a lot of foreign movies, and this to me seemed a bit lacking.
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