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  • Summary: Jig is the remarkable story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships, held in March 2010 in Glasgow. This feature length documentary was given access for the very first time to the little known world of competitive Irish Dancing. Thousands of dancers, their families and teachers from around the globe descend upon Glasgow for one drama filled week. Clad in wigs, make up, fake tan, diamantes and dresses costing thousands of pounds where they compete for the coveted world titles. (Screen Media Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jun 16, 2011
    80
    As for the dancing itself, it's nothing short of dazzling.
  2. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Jun 22, 2011
    75
    They're all fascinating 
 subjects - or would be if Jig didn't dance around their personal stories in favor of overheated waiting-for-the-scores suspense.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 6, 2011
    70
    One of the things that pushes Jig beyond what it might have been otherwise is that not everything works out as you might have liked.
  4. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    Jun 15, 2011
    60
    A toe-tapping triumph for dance fans, though less so for non-converts.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jun 18, 2011
    50
    The film's inability to illuminate the finer points of the rigid form, to define what separates the great from the good, proves frustrating for the outsider.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jun 16, 2011
    50
    Jig begins light on its feet but soon becomes leaden. Legs pinwheel, and fake ringlets fly, but competitive tension is sacrificed to repetition and an unnecessary focus on complicated numerical scoring.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jun 17, 2011
    38
    There's no way to put this gently: Watching people slam their heels and toes on the boards while drifting around the floor is about as fascinating as watching the carousel rotation in your favorite microwave oven.

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