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  • Summary: Brainy Casey Carlyle (Trachtenberg) is caught between her fantasy of becoming a championship figure skater and her strong-willed mother (Cusack), who has her on the fast track to Harvard. (Disney)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. 75
    This movie is just about perfect for teenagers, and it's a surprise that even their parents are allowed to have minds of their own.
  2. A somewhat formulaic if nevertheless crudely effective manipulation of the figure skating themes that all of us girls love so much.
  3. The Disney picture should handily score a direct hit to its targeted young female demographic as well as striking a chord with their big sisters, moms and aunts.
  4. It's Joan Cusack as her doting single mom who holds the film together--her sensitive turn as a flawed feminist hints at what she could do with a meatier role.
  5. 50
    The cast, which includes Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) as a coach who pushes her daughter too hard, is likable and energetic, and the film's messages are entirely reasonable.
  6. 50
    Joan Cusack and Kim Cattrall bring some nice ambiguity to their thankless roles as the mothers, while pintsize Kirsten Olson and punked-out Julianna Cannarozzo, both professional skaters, leaven this Disney sugarplum with much-needed wit.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    This movie wasn't just made for 11-year-old girls; it seems to have been made by 11-year-old girls.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. [Anonymous]
    Jul 24, 2006
    I really, really, really enjoyed this film. I loved Michelle as geeky student Casey. Hayden Panetierre was funny. It made me see how tough it really is being a skater (even though I am one myself, currently at a novice level) and what training isn't really like. I thought this movie was pretty funny, I liked Julianna (Zoey) because I am a bit like her character (but more like Kirsten (Nikki) the jumping shrimp). I am currently in England (where I study dance, figure skating and english). I think ice skating is a promising sport, as it makes you know what it is like to be competitive. I loved Michelle's style, though, and I am going to learn a spiral next, because I can't wait to do that! Expand
  2. fritay.
    Dec 14, 2005
    Very inspiring movie.
  3. ValerianoO.
    Sep 20, 2008
    Good movie having a comedy and drama.
  4. Nov 4, 2010
    great job, Disney.
  5. Jun 24, 2013
    No matter what the reviews are on this movie, I will always enjoy it. This is one of the last Disney films I really remember enjoying. The movie is entertaining and inspiring. Expand
  6. May 25, 2012
    The movie gives you the impression to follow your dreams. The story works for the most part.
  7. Oct 9, 2014
    I watched this against my will, as it was on the screen on auto-repeat while I was waiting an unduly long time for my annual physical. Still, it's a decent film that would be inspirational and appreciated by children or adolescents. Expand

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