Take the Lead Reviews

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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
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.
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 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
Think of it as the fictionalized version of last year's engaging documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, with teen dancers and sexier moves. It is also more formulaic and clichéd, thanks to the predictable plot and theme.
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
Although based on a true story, Take the Lead continually strains credibility.
April 7, 2006
One of the year's most uninspired inspirational stories.
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
The performances deserve applause. The script is another story.
April 7, 2006
Like the recent Glory Road, Take the Lead tweaks a true story to sell more tickets. But at what point do movies like this one begin to fuel the racial hatred that they ostensibly deplore?
April 7, 2006
Take the Lead is like that -- it may seem hokey, but it uses the tried and true to get a smile out of you every time.
April 7, 2006
Like its star, the movie verges on hooey but cuts too stylish a swath to dislike for long.
April 7, 2006
Si, Antonio is a charming man, but by the final bows the movie around him is all left feet and bruised angles, and much more of a farrago than a fandango.
April 7, 2006
What slop. Take the Lead is a rotted ground chuck of a movie, made up of the rancid processed parts of a plethora of films, good and bad, that have come before it. At first it seems awfully familiar, and then it just seems awful.
April 7, 2006
A well-made if utterly unsurprising movie, which has its feet and its heart in the right place.
April 7, 2006
You could go out and see this feel-good facsimile and be moderately entertained, or rent Mad Hot Ballroom and feel yourself becoming genuinely moved by the real thing.
April 7, 2006
Take the Lead is the latest example of a silly and utterly predictable movie where the kids dance in the streets and we pray for a fleet of Humvees to come along and run them out of town.
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