Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 17, 2014
    A documentary that doesn't force-feed its message of hope but genuinely earns it.
  2. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    Apr 3, 2014
    Medalia, as an Israeli, knows this bumpy territory well and serves up her story sensitively, but with its difficulties unvarnished and unsolved. She focuses on a few children whom we get to know well enough to care very much about their progress.
  3. Reviewed by: Julia Alexander
    Feb 18, 2015
    Dancing in Jaffa is a wonderfully insightful documentary that explores a side of geopolitical tensions in a completely new light. Like Dulaine's teachings, the feeling of hope, the promise of light at the end of the tunnel, never diminishes.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Apr 17, 2014
    A surprising, well-crafted documentary.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Apr 24, 2014
    While the movie can feel disjointed at times, bouncing around to cover so much territory, the climax of the kids’s ballroom competition makes up for any quibbles. If nothing else, it’s heartening to see the kids so transformed.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Apr 24, 2014
    “So how are you going to get them to dance together?” Dancing never explains how. Instead, as in similar films such as “Hoop Dreams,” it focuses on the contest, reducing the participants to a handful of representative kids who end up learning something about themselves and others.
  7. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Apr 10, 2014
    Predictably, the film culminates in a dance competition, irresistible to behold and leading to an ending just about too pat to believe.
  8. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Apr 4, 2014
    While the film doesn’t dig deeply enough into the myriad political and social issues it raises, it’s nonetheless warmly entertaining, thanks to Dulaine’s ever genial presence and the irresistible appeal of watching young children overcome their instilled fears and prejudices.

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