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Take the Lead Reviews

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June 16, 2007
Lean on Me meets Strictly Ballroom. Tough two-step replaces tough love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 8, 2007
Feels like a product, with decisions made for audience appeal rather than creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 1, 2007
For the most part, Liz Friedlander's direction and frenetic pacing mitigate any real performance opportunities.
November 2, 2006
A fun romp of a flick that showcases the power of dance and the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 11, 2006
The poster says 'Never follow', while the movie itslef follows every cliche in the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 13, 2006
A feel-good story using music and dance to guide problem kids onto the straight and narrow.....entertaining, although not the showstopper we might hope for
May 12, 2006
A bogus, trumped-up 'inspirational' ending goes on forever and all but ruins everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 6, 2006
A scattering of dance sequences that fuse hip-hop and classical beats provide a few shots of energy, but Take The Lead otherwise plods through the motions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 6, 2006
It's still enjoyable, but never as strong as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 6, 2006
Take the Lead offers few if any surprises to anyone who's seen either the aforementioned Breakin', Beat Street, or, most obvious of all, Dangerous Minds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 6, 2006
While their transformation is predictable, it's quietly enjoyable, and the teen angle opens the door to romance and gritty gang-war subplots.
May 6, 2006
The energy and rhythm keep it moving along gracefully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 5, 2006
Liz Friedlander's "Take the Lead" is a fine example of how all the good intentions in the world can't make a poorly conceived movie good, though a good central performance can at least make it bearable.
| Original Score: C-
May 4, 2006
Their acceptance of the tango and foxtrot never seems like much of a dance dance revolution; if you're looking for more than just impressive dancing, well, you got served.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 3, 2006
...it goes through it's checklist, epitomized in 80's inspirational student-triumphs-over-socioeconomic-pseudoreality films like "Lean on Me" and its lesser-known predecessor "Stand and Deliver"...
April 23, 2006
As even the film's dance students note in an aside designed to preempt exactly this criticism, this Michelle Pfeiffer plot is corny.
April 21, 2006
This is never less than watchable but it's shockingly cliched throughout and let down by a badly directed, disappointing climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 17, 2006
Banderas, sans Zorro mask but still dressed in black, goes gamely into a screenplay and film that, frankly could be better.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
April 15, 2006
With very little dancing, this is a highly entertaining, feel-good 'Blackboard Jungle'.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
April 14, 2006
This conventional cross of Dangerous Minds and Mad Hot Ballroom can be beholden to the inspiring teacher movie formula, but Banderas' quiet grace keeps the film from pushing the motivational message too insistently.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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