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Mao's Last Dancer Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 2, 2013
a sweeping story that has many ups and downs, with some pretty noticeable changes in tone and pace
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B
Don Groves
December 24, 2010
Missteps prevent ballet drama from reaching great heights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 15, 2010
...somehow makes the extraordinary true story it's based on seem like common corn while succeeding in modest ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 30, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Ward
September 24, 2010
Ballet is kinda like ice hockey. It's more impressive when you're up close at the real deal. When you're 30 yards away, the snap of a slipper after a 90-lb ballerina lands a glissade is just as impressive as a 290-lb hockey goon hitting the boards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
September 21, 2010
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.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 10, 2010
The movie works, thanks in large part to Chi's performance.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2010
Feel-good movie about a Chinese dancer presses all the right buttons.
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
September 10, 2010
Let the trumpets blare for artistic freedom of expression that is perfectly reflected in this uplifting and moving biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 9, 2010
Beresford knows the only way to deal with schmaltz is to just go ahead and embrace it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 3, 2010
Australian director Bruce Beresford handles the culture-clash aspects of the story with a surprising lack of subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
September 3, 2010
Beresford and the entire cast cover the proceedings with a light touch and just the right amount of gravitas (given the situation).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 27, 2010
Lovely and astounding, Mao's Last Dancer is a modern epic of art and ambition triumphing oppression.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Manuel Mendoza
Dallas Morning News
August 27, 2010
Ballet dancer Chi Cao does a great job of capturing both Li's chops on the stage and his sincerity and culture shock in the face of American opulence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
August 26, 2010
Hollywood has a long history of turning highbrow art into middlebrow mush, and Mao's Last Dancer is just one more kick dancer in that long line.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 26, 2010
Chinese ballet star Li Cunxin meets girl and America and falls in love
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
August 22, 2010
Comes alive in the ballets, which convey not only the creative energy of their own story-telling but the ultimate expression of the performers' passion for their art.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Susan Granger
August 21, 2010
Think "Billy Elliot" combined with "The Last Emperor" and a touch of "Rocky." Great movies transport the audience - and this left me enriched and exhilarated.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
August 20, 2010
[A] stirring and remarkable true story.
| Original Score: 4/5
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