Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
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  1. A movie as layered and enthralling as its subject.
  2. How long has it been since a movie left you literally speechless?
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    100
    The film is as much about the creation of the original show back in 1975 and the genius of the late Michael Bennett, who masterminded it, as it is about the newer version.
  4. 100
    Sensational documentary.
  5. An uncommonly tender and observant documentary on the phenomenon that is "A Chorus Line."
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Marks
    90
    A thoroughly engrossing documentary.
  7. It's a big ice cream sundae, this one -- not great documentary filmmaking but tasty all the way.
  8. 80
    Given that "Chorus Line" is almost the paradigmatic backstage story, I guess Every Little Step is a meta-backstage story, capturing the "American Idol"-scale audition process.
  9. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    80
    The result? A briskly self-aware, thoroughly stage-struck portrait of a theatrical portrait.
  10. It's a can't-miss effort that knows how to please.
  11. 80
    The premise of Every Little Step is no less inspired for seeming so simple and obvious, and it pays tribute to the durability and continued relevance of “A Chorus Line,” which first opened in New York in 1975, before many of the performers in the movie were born.
  12. The result is an insightful, exuberant, probing, long-winded and even exhausting look at what it takes for a performer to have a life in the theater.
  13. 75
    A thrilling combination of documentary and musical dazzler.
  14. 75
    In Every Little Step, the performers bleed, sweat, cry theater - without having to tell us.
  15. 75
    What we sense in the film is the camaraderie among these hopeful dancers. They've all been through the process before, all been disappointed before, all know better than anyone else what it takes, all believe the best candidates don't always win the jobs.
  16. Do you need to have seen A Chorus Line to understand or enjoy Every Little Step? I think not. This companion piece to one of America's most beloved musicals is about human longings and shortfalls.
  17. 75
    An unexpectedly charming little film.
  18. Reviewed by: Jesse Oxfeld
    70
    For Chorus Line fans, though, the documentary--is a singular sensation.
  19. 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.
  20. 67
    It's a huge improvement over the Attenborough film; given the film’s non-fiction roots, it seems poetically apt that a documentary take is much more satisfying and engaging than the Hollywood treatment.
  21. Filmmakers nicely mix the historical and the tributary, honoring both Bennett's cultural landmark and the dancers who dream of joining its ranks.
  22. Directors Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern focus primarily on the casting process for the 2006 revival, parading so many personalities past us that we don't really get to know anyone. Bypassing the original for the recreation? That ain't it, kid.
  23. Doesn't boast enough universal meaning to make it truly sing.
  24. 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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. StephenJ
    Oct 14, 2009
    9
    The film is a perfect blend of mixing audio and video clips of the development of the original production (with contemporary interviews with 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 Full Review »
  2. JayH
    Oct 7, 2009
    6
    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
  3. BillL
    Aug 6, 2009
    9
    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 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. Full Review »