|Universal Focus | Release Date: October 13, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The performances of Bell, Walters and Lewis make this movie worth seeing - as long as you silence your cynical side and bring some Kleenex.
Bell is utterly persuasive as the boy literally yearning to leap beyond the oppressively apparent confines of his world.
A triumph that deserves a broad audience.
Compared to manipulative tearjerkers like "Pay It Forward" or "Men of Honor," Billy Elliot is a model of restraint, one that earns its warmth the hard way -- by making us care about the people who are going through familiar steps.
This is such seductive entertainment that you might as well stop grousing and give in.
An uplifting, crowd-pleasing film in the tradition of "The Full Monty" that could easily win Oscar nominations for both its 11-year-old star, Jamie Bell, and first-time director, Stephen Daldry.
This delightful film, with its surprising depth charges of emotion, has the feel of a movie that's going to lodge itself in the public's affections for a long time to come.
One of those movies where it's impossible not to find yourself cheering for the scruffy underdog hero.
An exquisite, ecstatic film, crude in its characterizations and plotting, yes, but extraordinary in its capacity for elation and its hard-earned sentimentality.
Bell explodes onscreen in a performance that cuts to the heart without sham tearjerking. Look for Billy to blast off.
An adrenaline-pumping, post-musical musical.
The better class of moviegoers will love Billy Elliot. And I loved hating it.
It's the triumph of the human spirit in its never-ending quest to be an original no matter what the establishment says.
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