Take the Lead Reviews

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November 19, 2019
Take the Lead won't win any originality contests, but the new Antonio Banderas vehicle manages to work, thanks to a solid cast and some nice work by director Liz Friedlander.
October 7, 2018
Take the Lead, a dramatised retread of the hit documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, is so awful it defies describing.
June 16, 2007
Lean on Me meets Strictly Ballroom. Tough two-step replaces tough love.
April 8, 2007
Feels like a product, with decisions made for audience appeal rather than creativity.
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.
June 11, 2006
The poster says 'Never follow', while the movie itslef follows every cliche in the book.
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.
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
It's still enjoyable, but never as strong as it should be.
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.
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.
May 6, 2006
The energy and rhythm keep it moving along gracefully.
May 6, 2006
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.
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.
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.
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