Take the Lead Reviews

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October 7, 2018
Take the Lead, a dramatised retread of the hit documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, is so awful it defies describing.
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.
May 12, 2006
A bogus, trumped-up 'inspirational' ending goes on forever and all but ruins everything.
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
It's still enjoyable, but never as strong as it should be.
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
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.
April 17, 2006
Banderas, sans Zorro mask but still dressed in black, goes gamely into a screenplay and film that, frankly could be better.
April 13, 2006
After a few lessons in tough love, these kids all start to act like transfer students from Fame.
April 10, 2006
it's just ridiculous, it's just ridiculous. One cliché right after another. Not for one second did I believe any of this.
April 10, 2006
Although the film is entirely watchable, the director carelessly exploits the potential for race drama.
April 9, 2006
In short, if you're looking for Banderas to get eaten by sewer alligators, better luck next time.
April 7, 2006
To Sir with Love with dance lessons...This rainbow coalition of sassy students appears to be the only troublesome pupils in the inner city high school
April 7, 2006
An assortment of every dance movie cliche from the last decade.
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