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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 87
  2. Negative: 9 out of 87
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  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. I give this movie a great 92%.
  2. 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 a terrific job as well. Excellent movie.
  3. 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 father who feels that ballet is un-manly." Now, doesn't that sound like the hokiest premise ever? But, you'd be surprised.
  4. 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 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 dancingBeautiful, 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
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74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  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. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    80
    Director Stephen Daldry gets it right.
  3. 88
    You'd be hard-pressed to find a purer expression of rapture in a film this year than the one that opens Billy Elliot.