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  • Summary: Every Little Step explores the incredible journey of A Chorus Line from ambitious idea to international phenomenon. It compares and contrasts the original musical with the current revival. It investigates the societies in which they’ve debuted, and why the themes are so timeless and universal. Finally, it goes behind the scenes with exclusive interviews and footage of the revival’s audition process, revealing the dramatic journey of the performers, and unfolding a story of life imitating art. (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. 100
    Sensational documentary.
  2. A movie as layered and enthralling as its subject.
  3. It's a big ice cream sundae, this one -- not great documentary filmmaking but tasty all the way.
  4. 75
    In Every Little Step, the performers bleed, sweat, cry theater - without having to tell us.
  5. 75
    A thrilling combination of documentary and musical dazzler.
  6. 70
    Modeling the movie after the show itself grows problematic near the end, when Stern and Del Deo, anticipating that climactic, gold-suited kick line, try to whip us into a frenzy on opening night.
  7. 38
    Every Little Step shows only this: It hurts to flunk an audition, and it's nice to get hired. Everything it has to say about Broadway was said better in Bob Fosse's movie "All That Jazz" -- in its opening five minutes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. KathyS
    Jun 18, 2009
    Absolutely wonderful, with amazing backstage footage of both the original show and its creators, as well as the cast and directors of the revival. Highly recommended. Expand
  2. BillL
    Aug 6, 2009
    You don't need to be a big fan of musicals, or of A Chorus Line in particular. You will love this film unless you are hugely jealous of people who follow their dreams. This movie makes American Idol and Who Wants to Dance seem like the minor, (very minor) leagues, in terms of talent, heart and desire. I truly loved and respected these performers AND the production team. Expand
  3. FrankM
    May 17, 2009
    Amazing shots of moments in a, what? eight-month or longer process. Wonderful insight into the audition process but more than that a meta-version of the show itself. Which is about the human experience of having a reason for being -- they just happen to be dancers. Wonderful documentary. Expand
  4. StephenJ
    Oct 14, 2009
    The film is a perfect blend of mixing audio and video clips of the development of the original production (with contemporary interviews with key participants) with a behind-the-scenes look at the casting process for a recent Broadway revival. This segment is doubly-effective because it shows what the musical itself is about: auditioning for a part in a Broadway production, which for many is the dream of a lifetime. And we see how these actors/singers/dancers go through the process of call-backs over many months, and the anguish, and elation, for both them and the producers to find out who will get the parts. If you Expand
  5. JayH
    Oct 7, 2009
    A must for fans of A Chorus Line, but for those who are not really into the show, it does get a bit tiresome. It
  6. CrystalC
    May 26, 2009
    I found the insight into professional casting and auditions fascinating, but the movie isn't very well made. It feels dated, and the film making isn't polished. Expand
  7. BarakA
    May 3, 2009
    Poorly directed. Mostly boring. Actors who are auditioning are mostly blank slates. Don't care about them or whether they get the part. Except JASON TAM - watching his tour de force audition was worth the price of admission. Clips of Bennett were fascinating and hearing the original tapes were amazing. But where was the rest of the original cast? Newcomers are not connected to the original roles. A CHORUS LINE: THE STORY deserves better than this. Very disappointing. Expand