Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 3, 2012
    60
    Their devotion to their art is admirable, and the film gets under the skin, if never really in our blood.
  2. Reviewed by: Linda Holmes
    May 8, 2012
    60
    It's a simple and lovely movie, and particularly for people who haven't seen "Spellbound," it's a great introduction to the intriguing mix of parents - neurotic, loving, pressuring, calming - who raise great kids who do great things.
  3. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    May 1, 2012
    60
    The documentary feels preprogrammed when it could have been a real-life Black Swan.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 1, 2012
    50
    The result is a film that eschews in-depth insight in favor of easily digestible who's-going-to-win suspense, a tack that's aided by Kargman's rather poignant (and visually graceful) evocation of pre-performance anxiety but ultimately leaves the material feeling deflated once the winners emerge.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Aug 18, 2013
    8
    This is a very well done documentary about young aspiring ballet artists competing in a world class competition. It's fascinating and at leastThis is a very well done documentary about young aspiring ballet artists competing in a world class competition. It's fascinating and at least somewhat dramatic, and watching all this kids dance for their passion is really a treat. Full Review »
  2. Jan 26, 2013
    3
    It seemed like a long promotional pitch for: "American Idol for Ballet Dancers". I was ready to be a fan of this documentary and a goodIt seemed like a long promotional pitch for: "American Idol for Ballet Dancers". I was ready to be a fan of this documentary and a good story, but the potentially good stories were mashed together. I was disappointed they didn't use the ebb and flow of ballet to tell the story. Great kids, good music, hard work, sacrifice is clear. But, I wasn't invested in the characters...In summary, with so many other great movies to watch, this one is on the end of your list unless you love ballet. Full Review »
  3. Jun 2, 2012
    9
    A lovely, touching movie, albeit a bit heavy on the heart-tugging. I loved the dancing, the cinematography, and the personal stories (and theA lovely, touching movie, albeit a bit heavy on the heart-tugging. I loved the dancing, the cinematography, and the personal stories (and the personalities of the dancers and their families); but most of all I loved the fact that there was no Nigel, Mary, Little C, Trice, or Mia to ruin it. Full Review »