Mao's Last Dancer Reviews

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November 6, 2019
Powerfully compelling and passionate, MAO'S LAST DANCER is a celebration of the human spirit, aiming for the heart and hitting it every time.
October 2, 2013
a sweeping story that has many ups and downs, with some pretty noticeable changes in tone and pace
February 18, 2012
December 24, 2010
Missteps prevent ballet drama from reaching great heights.
October 15, 2010
...somehow makes the extraordinary true story it's based on seem like common corn while succeeding in modest ways.
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.
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.
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.
September 10, 2010
The movie works, thanks in large part to Chi's performance.
September 10, 2010
Feel-good movie about a Chinese dancer presses all the right buttons.
September 10, 2010
Let the trumpets blare for artistic freedom of expression that is perfectly reflected in this uplifting and moving biopic.
September 9, 2010
Beresford knows the only way to deal with schmaltz is to just go ahead and embrace it.
September 3, 2010
Australian director Bruce Beresford handles the culture-clash aspects of the story with a surprising lack of subtlety.
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).
August 27, 2010
Lovely and astounding, Mao's Last Dancer is a modern epic of art and ambition triumphing oppression.
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.
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.
August 26, 2010
Chinese ballet star Li Cunxin meets girl and America and falls in love
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.
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.
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