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  • Summary: Based on a short film created 15 years ago by the director and co-writer Randall Miller and his wife Jody Savin, this is a beautiful film that celebrates the reawakening of the spirit. (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Sarah Kaufman
    70
    This film does other power-of-dance movies one better by downplaying the dancing and underscoring what its brethren often lack: a compelling, wrenching and wonderfully inspiring story.
  2. 63
    Expanded by writer-director Randall Miller from a nostalgic half-hour short he made while a student at AFI, this well-intentioned film about loss, grief and new beginnings gets bogged down in syrupy cliches and blunt self-help dialogue.
  3. Really, about all that unifies the movie is its inclination to turn little people's dreams into limply ''affectionate'' camp.
  4. 50
    The adults at the Hotchkiss reunion are played by an assortment of splendid actors.
  5. This has its moments, but most of these are engulfed by the overall murk.
  6. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    40
    Several steps shy of a satisfying lesson.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    20
    Juggles three separate time periods -- and is completely formulaic in each one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. GrahamB.
    Jun 15, 2007
    10
    I don't know what anyone is talking about, this film is one of the best I've seen recently.
  2. dor.
    Apr 7, 2006
    10
    Amazing.
  3. RichardC.
    Aug 1, 2006
    8
    Perhaps not an artistic triumph, still, a charming film containing many lessons on life, especially how some people can learn to overcome disappointments, but also how others will carry their unrealistic dreams to the grave. Expand
  4. AnthonyY.
    Jun 8, 2006
    3
    The visuals were ugly, the music often inappropriate and sentimental, the script predictable. How the director assembled such a strong cast for such a weak production is a mystery. Expand