Take the Lead Reviews

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June 16, 2007
Lean on Me meets Strictly Ballroom. Tough two-step replaces tough love.
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 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.
April 15, 2006
With very little dancing, this is a highly entertaining, feel-good 'Blackboard Jungle'.
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.
April 12, 2006
Take the Lead takes viewers on a straightforward journey, but there are some pleasant sights and sounds along the way.
April 12, 2006
It certainly helps that Banderas plays Dulaine. In fact, the film would fall to pieces without him.
April 8, 2006
A surprisingly good watch, predictability notwithstanding.
April 7, 2006
While we may be able to pretty much guess everything that's going to happen in Take the Lead, its considerable charm lies in the way it fulfills, rather than bucks, our expectations.
April 7, 2006
A showcase for triumph-of-the-underdog sports-movie cliches and coming-of-age-through-adversity moral lessons. But thanks to Banderas' understated sophistication and the efforts of the attractive young cast, it's still a charmer.
April 7, 2006
Take the Lead is pure entertainment, if only for the endless amusement of watching Banderas spread the gospel of ballroom like he was born wearing a tuxedo.
April 7, 2006
A predictable and yet thoroughly enjoyable drama about the redemptive power of dance for a group of inner-city teenagers.
April 7, 2006
This handsomely lighted movie has the craft to make the dances vivid but not too spectacular, the dancers eager but not just showbiz animals. Take the Lead merits taking the lead for a weekend or so.
April 7, 2006
A modest but enjoyable entertainment with handsome Antonio Banderas as the dance instructor.
April 7, 2006
It's a ballroom/hip-hop mash-up that, although at times discordant and at all times familiar, moves with Banderas' brio and bounce.
April 7, 2006
Cute as a boutonniere and bouncy as a swing beat, Take the Lead is an 'inspired by a true story' spin on Mad Hot Ballroom.
April 7, 2006
Despite the fact that Take the Lead gets the cliche-o-meter ticking like a Geiger counter at Hanford, the movie is very entertaining. The kids are gorgeous. The dancing's fun to watch. Banderas is compact and cool.
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