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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)
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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. 50
    I wish I could say there is something pleasurable in watching John Goodman reminisce about the good old days while impaled on a steering wheel in the Volvo he's crashed on a California freeway, but I can't find what it is.
  4. 50
    Overall it's got two left feet - and charm is in dangerously short supply.
  5. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    40
    Several steps shy of a satisfying lesson.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    40
    Despite a gloriously baroque performance from Mr. Wahlberg - attempting moves certified only for Antonio Banderas - Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School remains irredeemably soggy.
  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 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 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