Mao's Last Dancer (2010)



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"Mao's Last Dancer" is the inspiring true story of Li Cunxin and his extraordinary journey from a poor upbringing in rural China to international stardom as a world-class ballet dancer. Based on the best selling autobiography, the film weaves a moving tale about the quest for freedom and the courage it takes to live your own life. It compellingly captures the struggles, sacrifices and triumphs, as well as the intoxicating effects of first love and celebrity amid the pain of exile.
PG (for a brief violent image, some sensuality, language and incidental smoking)
Art House & International , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Bruce Greenwood
as Ben Stevenson
Kyle MacLachlan
as Charles Foster
Joan Chen
as Niang
Chi Cao
as Li Cunxin (adult)
Chengwu Guo
as Li Cunxin (teenager)
Huang Wen Bin
as Li Cunxin (child)
Aden Young
as Dilworth
Penne Hackforth-Jones
as Cynthia Dodds
Jack Thompson
as Judge Woodrow Seals
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Critic Reviews for Mao's Last Dancer

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (24)

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
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Full Review… | January 30, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 21, 2010
Top Critic

Feel-good movie about a Chinese dancer presses all the right buttons.

September 10, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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Australian director Bruce Beresford handles the culture-clash aspects of the story with a surprising lack of subtlety.

Full Review… | September 3, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Lovely and astounding, Mao's Last Dancer is a modern epic of art and ambition triumphing oppression.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for Mao's Last Dancer

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
Megan S

Super Reviewer


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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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 Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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