Mao's Last Dancer Reviews

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January 31, 2011
October 12, 2010
Woefully creaky and corny.
October 8, 2010
The script is far too melodramatic, and the performances ... are hamfisted and overwrought.
September 29, 2010
Debuting actor Chi Cao's athleticism is the movie's most striking element.
September 23, 2010
Mao's Last Dancer is an epic tale of love and betrayal, triumph and heartbreak, that captures the real-life drama and emotion of one man's search for freedom. Well, it almost is.
September 23, 2010
Whenever Beresford concerns himself with politics or, even worse, personal drama, Dancer falls limply to the ground.
September 3, 2010
There is some lovely ballet in Mao's Last Dancer. And it's great to see Joan Chen on-screen. And I'm out of nice things to say about the movie.
August 30, 2010
Beresford can't even represent Li's dancing (the reason we're meant to root for this little foreigner that could in the first place) with a modicum of dynamism.
August 27, 2010
Too often, though, the film plods along on the ground.
August 27, 2010
Ballet star Li Cunxin's best-selling autobiography gets a curiously tepid treatment in this 2009 adaptation by director Bruce Beresford.
August 25, 2010
A well-meaning but bland picture that shortchanges its subject.
August 23, 2010
The story is filled with plenty of drama on its own, but director Bruce Beresford and screenwriter Jan Sardi somehow take this true story and make it feel manufactured and manipulative.
August 23, 2010
Recounts the true story of Chinese ballet star Li Cunxin's defection to the US in the schmaltziest TV-movie terms imaginable.
August 21, 2010
'Mao's Last Dancer' is so much clich, weighted with mediocre acting, that dance devotees will find little inspiration in the short performance sequences.
August 20, 2010
A well-intentioned slice of melodrama but all the good intentions in the world can't hide the film's many, many flaws.
August 20, 2010
The story is absolutely riveting and the casting right, but Bruve Beresford's filmmaking is uneven--he seems hampered by the conventions of the earnest, uplifting biopic gerne.
August 20, 2010
The final image -- a freeze frame of a pas de deux staged to resemble a triumphal Communist poster -- perfectly captures the film's overall effect: it's strenuously brainless.
August 20, 2010
Like its defector hero, Mao's Last Dancer is neither here nor there...determinedly dull, even in the flatly filmed ballet sequences.
August 19, 2010
[The final 20 minutes displays] truly impressive filmmaking. If only everything that preceded it wasn't so mediocre.
August 19, 2010
There's a surprising lack of craftsmanship in the true-life ballet drama Mao's Last Dancer, enough to practically negate what should be a powerful story
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