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Generally favorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

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  • Summary: A drama that follows the hopes and dreams of a tight-knit group of young dance students as they try to make a name for themselves and become stars in the fiercely competitive world of professional dance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Ultimately the ballet performances, and notably the work of Stiefel, a star with American Ballet Theatre, are the only moments that deserve center stage.
  2. 75
    The movie uses the materials of melodrama, but is gentle with them; it's oriented more in the real world, and doesn't jack up every conflict and love story into an overwrought crisis.
  3. Sexy and infectious in spite of itself.
  4. As a Balanchine-like martinet, Peter Gallagher is a hoot, whispering to his minions about good and bad feet.
  5. The strained romantic plot is a slow fizzle.
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    Reviewed by: Staff
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    While movie reviewers like to throw around the line, "This is the worst movie I've ever seen," this movie may be the worst movie I've ever seen.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. NicoleW.
    May 27, 2001
    10
    I love the movie so much... it was great.
  2. EmilyB.
    Aug 20, 2001
    10
    Fabulous from start to finish!
  3. NicoleW.
    May 27, 2001
    10
    I love the movie so much... it was great.
  4. MollyC.
    Jun 11, 2001
    10
    This is my favorite movie. I've watched it 7 times already this week!
  5. AnnaS.
    Apr 9, 2007
    6
    The acting is terrible, the choreography only shines in short slips of Ballanchine or MacMillan, and the cinematography during the dance The acting is terrible, the choreography only shines in short slips of Ballanchine or MacMillan, and the cinematography during the dance sequences frequently cuts annoyingly away to reaction shots of the (wooden) actors watching in the wings or the lobby. Nonetheless, the film is well worth watching for one reason, and his name is Ethan Stiefel. Widely regarded as one of the world's foremost technical artists when the film was shot, his dancing is outstanding. He steals every scene in which he appears. Fellow American Ballet Theatre alum Sasha Radetsky, playing a romantic rival, also acquits himself well onstage. Curiously, the female lead dancer is far less technically skilled than the two leading men, which lends the film an odd dynamic. In a picture where so much character exposition relies on dance, it's strange to have two men so blatently steal a number that's supposed to be about female empowerment. The too-brief appearances by Julie Kent (an ABT principal) are the only time that a fellow dancer can keep up with Stiefel, but those scenes are well worth watching. One wishes that Kent had played the female star of the film instead of the utterly unremarkable Amanda Schull, just so that we might see more of the snarky, graceful sense of humor that she brings to her small role. Expand

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