Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    80
    Feel-good quality fare.
  2. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    70
    Silly in some parts, but sheer fun in most, Bootmen will get you wiggling in your seat with a big grin pasted on your face.
  3. Bootmen, which proves to be a real heart-tugger, is in fact accomplished in all its aspects.
  4. 60
    The best sequences -- auditions in a strip bar and a public bathroom -- still can't compete with that industrial musical called "Pola X."
  5. 50
    What it gains in fun, the film loses in credibility, as the production number itself more closely resembles a high-priced Las Vegas extravaganza than a quickly organized charity event.
  6. What sets Bootmen apart from the vast competition is its exuberant, sexy tap-dancing, but that's mostly relegated to the grand finale.
  7. 50
    Clichés negate bona fides; hence, the movie feels like a corny Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland vehicle with cussing. That said, the tapping is fabulous.
  8. It delivers commendable entertainment value.
  9. 50
    One expects razzle-dazzle dance sequences to lift this movie above its clichés, but they are few and far between, which is not only disappointing, it's downright baffling.
  10. 43
    "Footloose" meets "The Full Monty" in Bootmen, a cliché-ridden tap dance drama.
  11. Too much soap opera colors its love story, and the industrial- strength dancing by booted men that is its centerpiece falls short of exhilaration.
  12. 38
    Bootmen is the story of a young dancer and his friends who revisit the cliches of countless other dance movies in order to bring forth a dance performance of clanging unloveliness.
  13. 25
    There's 80 minutes of mawkish, overacted melodrama - laced with gratuitous violence and profanity - before we get to anything more than the briefest snippet of a dance number.
  14. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    25
    The film's overburdened, silly plot renders it a disaster.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. GinoB.
    Sep 16, 2005
    9
    An Aussie Billy Eliot with a great dance sequence at the end. Makes you want to learn tap.