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  • Summary: An inspiring look inside the lives of New York City school kids on a journey into the world of ballroom dancing, an unexpected arena where they discover new frontiers about attitude, movement, style and commitment. (Paramount Classics)
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. A documentary experience to savor. Warm, funny and very difficult to resist, this engaging film combines the charm of "Spellbound" with the kinetic energy of "Strictly Ballroom" in a way that will make you want to laugh, cry and do a little dancing yourself, maybe all at the same time.
  2. 83
    You nevertheless can't help but be swept up in the kids' enthusiasms and aspirations and gobs of energy.
  3. Wildly enjoyable look at the fifth-grade ballroom dance competition held annually in New York City.
  4. A crowd-pleaser of immense proportions.
  5. 70
    Like "Spellbound's" glimpse of the darker side of childhood competition, Mad Hot Ballroom--a look at New York City schools' fifth-grade ballroom dance program--is best when exploring issues of class and gender and definitions of success.
  6. 70
    The worthy text of Mad Hot Ballroom is undercut by the real source of its energy, the heat of competition and the pure joy of winning.
  7. In contrast to its great title, Mad Hot Ballroom is anything but: Let’s just say I was not spellbound.

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. marelenac.
    Nov 27, 2005
    10
    This movie is my favorite of all time!!! the 10th time i saw it, i couldnt help but get up and do all of the moves myself! i wish i could This movie is my favorite of all time!!! the 10th time i saw it, i couldnt help but get up and do all of the moves myself! i wish i could meet all of the members of the indigo group. that would be my dream. Expand
  2. AlanD.
    Dec 10, 2005
    8
    I really enjoyed this movie. As a teacher looking for ways to get all sorts of adolescents to get involved in activities that are fun and I really enjoyed this movie. As a teacher looking for ways to get all sorts of adolescents to get involved in activities that are fun and build pride, commitment, hard work and mutual respect, this is an inspiring example. Expand
  3. JimG.
    Dec 30, 2005
    7
    An enjoyable film evincing that giving children (and adults for that matter) chances to express themselves creatively through art (be it An enjoyable film evincing that giving children (and adults for that matter) chances to express themselves creatively through art (be it music, dance, visual arts, writing) gives them incredible opportunities for self esteem and growth. Expand
  4. VanB.
    Mar 6, 2006
    3
    This footage might have made for a semi-interesting 1 hour program on PBS, or a 20-minute segment on 60 minutes, but as a full length movie, This footage might have made for a semi-interesting 1 hour program on PBS, or a 20-minute segment on 60 minutes, but as a full length movie, I found it rather boring (even for a documentary). Expand

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