Billy Elliot

Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    There's too much miserable reality and not a lot of transcendent dance, and the director, Stephen Daldry, doesn't cover the action from enough angles.
  2. In its determination to overdo sure-fire material, Billy Elliot becomes as impossible to wholeheartedly embrace as it is to completely reject.
  3. There's actually a lot going on in this little movie, and first-time feature director Stephen Daldry, turning his talents from the theater, handles all of it deftly.
  4. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    The better class of moviegoers will love Billy Elliot. And I loved hating it.
  5. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
    50
    The performances of Bell, Walters and Lewis make this movie worth seeing - as long as you silence your cynical side and bring some Kleenex.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. 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%. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »