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  • Summary: The life of 11-year old Billy Elliot (Bell), a coal miner's son in Northern England, is forever changed one day when he stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. (Universal Focus)
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. People who see it may feel like dancing out of the theater afterward. Go for it.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    90
    Strikes a delicate balance of comedy and pathos with an uplifting final act that delivers a resoundingly satisfying emotional payoff.
  3. Best of all, Billy (Jamie Bell) is that rarity in a film distributed by Hollywood: a real boy, confused at 11 about almost everything.
  4. 80
    Can be as howlingly funny as it is touching.
  5. Trumpets the worthwhile message that ballet is just as manly and athletic as any other masculine activity - and maybe a touch more so, if you have to defy an uncomprehending community in order to pursue it.
  6. 70
    Good, colorful fun, and by virtue of its emphasis on escape through individual initiative rather than class solidarity, more likely to succeed with American audience.s
  7. It orders you to love it. It demands love, which is the best way not to get it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Nov 24, 2011
    10
    "Billy Elliot" as another reviewer already said, improves with each watching. Jamie Bell gives a performance of a lifetime. Julie Walters does"Billy Elliot" as another reviewer already said, improves with each watching. Jamie Bell gives a performance of a lifetime. Julie Walters does a terrific job as well. Excellent movie. Expand
  2. CorinnaW.
    Jan 3, 2007
    10
    Really beautiful film. Bell and Waters are simply superb.
  3. Feb 8, 2012
    9
    Fantastically acted, wonderfully entertaining, funny and just sad enough to make it heartwarming enough to make it one of my favorite movies.Fantastically acted, wonderfully entertaining, funny and just sad enough to make it heartwarming enough to make it one of my favorite movies. I give this movie a great 92%. Expand
  4. Sean
    Jan 22, 2006
    8
    great story, great dancing. although not as good as the musical in London
  5. Apr 20, 2015
    8
    Beautiful, uplifting, warm, emotive. Many positive adjectives for a film that is aging just right. The story is compelling and different fromBeautiful, uplifting, warm, emotive. Many positive adjectives for a film that is aging just right. The story is compelling and different from what we are used to. Of course the big star and what makes the film a total winner is the child actor (and adult actor nowadays, not with that much shine compared to this role in his younger years). Impressive acting by him, especially the dancing scenes. The supporting cast could have been better, although his teacher is a great character and the actress too. Great soundtrack too. Expand
  6. Aug 25, 2011
    7
    "A young boy in a poor mining community in Northern England, wants to learn ballet, to which he seems a natural at, despite his disapproving"A young boy in a poor mining community in Northern England, wants to learn ballet, to which he seems a natural at, despite his disapproving father who feels that ballet is un-manly." Now, doesn't that sound like the hokiest premise ever? But, you'd be surprised. Expand
  7. DavidH.
    Jul 23, 2006
    4
    Compelling and funny at sporadic intervals. Otherwise pretty by-the-numbers. Would have given this three or four points if not for Jamie Compelling and funny at sporadic intervals. Otherwise pretty by-the-numbers. Would have given this three or four points if not for Jamie Bell's performance. I got the impression that the film got away with its maudlin sentimentality, cynically constructed melodrama and banal use of montage to the soundtrack of played-to-death British rock "anthems" on the back of it being set in County Durham where of course people talk and act so differently. As a resident of the area myself and having been born in the town that this film was set, I resent that the makers of this film made no attempt to give audiences from elsewhere any idea of what it feels like to live here. Expand

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