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Musical Chairs Reviews

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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
March 20, 2012
All would be forgiven if Seidelman weren't so damningly dispassionate about dance, cutting up and away from movement and devaluing the thing we'd countenance so much cheese in order to see.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 29, 2012
A feel-good romantic fantasy that is likely to inspire a hollow laugh among some people in wheelchairs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 29, 2012
Most of "Musical Chairs" settles for being simple, familiar and ineffective, though I suspect it'll warm a few hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew Barker
March 22, 2012
[The film] has its heart in the right place, but with default-setting characters, loudly telegraphed emotional beats and lack of any real sizzle to enliven its maudlin moralizing, it all feels like a cursory run through a well-trodden routine.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 17, 2012
The schmaltzy and benign tale of a ballroom dancer who accepts and transcends her unexpected disability through the power of art and love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
March 23, 2012
The little-known art of wheelchair ballroom dancing is a worthy subject, but this clumsy romantic comedy is like a partner who keeps stepping on - or rolling over - your toes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
April 4, 2012
Injured dancer learns new moves in inspiring, trite tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 8, 2012
Simpatico if shallow, struggling to be a life-affirming, feel-good fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 22, 2012
By the time the mirror ball finally spins, we have long since lost interest.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 22, 2012
In volleying between sitcom saucy and melodrama maudlin, all that's missing are a braying laugh track and feigned tears.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 22, 2012
Seidelman's unflagging enthusiasm, which extends to her buoyant cast, winds up giving this superficial story a bit of unexpected depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 22, 2012
Would-be 'triumph of the human spirit' saga set among wheelchair-bound dancers blows it through shallow concept and characterizations.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
March 21, 2014
While Susan Seidelman's musical drama is contrived and formulaic, it gets a free pass mainly for being such a charming romance that at least tries to break its predictability.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 22, 2012
An endearing romantic drama about a creative young Puerto Rican with a passion for dance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 21, 2012
Having been a dancer for a good part of my life, I found 'Musical Chairs' quite inspiring.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 20, 2012
Seidelman's reverential treatment of her performers, and their acutely warmhearted efforts in return, makes you wish all involved had a slightly stronger showcase for their talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
March 13, 2012
A delightful romance between an upper-middle-class WASP and a working-class Latino.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 22, 2012
Charming and upbeat, and it's stuffed with great, vibrant, insanely catchy music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
March 23, 2012
It's a square genre picture that's just unassuming enough to be moderately diverting.
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