Take the Lead (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Take the Lead (2006)



Critic Consensus: Banderas is charismatic in the lead, and the dance sequences are captivating, but the story is too familiar and predictable.

Movie Info

Inspired by a true story, Antonio Banderas stars as internationally acclaimed ballroom dancer Pierre Dulane. The film revolves around a professional dancer who volunteers to teach in the New York City public school system. But when his classic methods clash with his students' hip hop instincts, he teams up with them to create a new style of dance and becomes their mentor in the process. "Take the Lead" co-stars Alfre Woodard and marks the feature directing debut of veteran music video helmer Liz Friedlander.more
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material, language and some violence)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Dianne Houston
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 29, 2006
Box Office: $34.7M
New Line Cinema - Official Site


Antonio Banderas
as Pierre Dulaine
Yaya DaCosta
as LaRhette
Alfre Woodard
as Augustine James
John Ortiz
as Mr. Temple
Phillip Jarrett
as Rock's Dad
Jo Chim
as Gretchen
Sharon Matthews
as Ms. Rosemead
Ardon Bess
as Smitty
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Critic Reviews for Take the Lead

All Critics (126) | Top Critics (37)

While their transformation is predictable, it's quietly enjoyable, and the teen angle opens the door to romance and gritty gang-war subplots.

Full Review… | May 6, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

it's just ridiculous, it's just ridiculous. One cliché right after another. Not for one second did I believe any of this.

Full Review… | April 10, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Lean on Me meets Strictly Ballroom. Tough two-step replaces tough love.

Full Review… | June 16, 2007
San Francisco Post

Feels like a product, with decisions made for audience appeal rather than creativity.

Full Review… | April 8, 2007

For the most part, Liz Friedlander's direction and frenetic pacing mitigate any real performance opportunities.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

A fun romp of a flick that showcases the power of dance and the human spirit.

Full Review… | November 2, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Take the Lead

The sole reason for seeing this film: Antonio Banderas in a charismatic lead role, and looking like he was born in a tuxedo. The dance sequences are captivating and entertaining to watch, but it's probably one of the most uninspired inspiring stories I've seen. It's full of cliches, and a formulaic plot line that couldn't hold my interest past an hour.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

Another great dance film. The fact that it was a true story made me like it more. Made it much more honest and happier.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

The whole bring-culture-to-the-inner-city-kids thing is so overdone, but the dances are nice.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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