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Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Mar 22, 2012
    75
    Musical Chairs is about overcoming impossible odds and never giving up and chasing your dreams – all that afterschool-special stuff - but it's also charming and upbeat, and it's stuffed with great, vibrant, insanely catchy music. No Bee Gees, though.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 28, 2012
    63
    Musical Chairs is a feel-good romantic fantasy that is likely to inspire a hollow laugh among some people in wheelchairs. Either it knows little about the realities of disability, or it knows too much.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 24, 2012
    60
    Lightweight but likeably uncynical.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 20, 2012
    60
    In many ways, this effervescent drama from Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan) upends conventions, even when it sticks to a familiar narrative path.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 29, 2012
    50
    Though there's plenty of movement and enthusiasm, director Susan Seidelman is content with a metronomic approach to manipulating our feelings - buoyant Latin music never felt so routinely scene-setting - and seems afraid to let anyone on-screen depart from established caricature.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 29, 2012
    50
    Settles for being simple, familiar and ineffective, though I suspect it'll warm a few hearts.
  7. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Mar 23, 2012
    50
    The story never quite gets into the groove.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Mar 17, 2012
    50
    The schmaltzy and benign tale of a ballroom dancer who accepts and transcends her unexpected disability through the power of art and love.
  9. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Mar 21, 2012
    42
    Musical Chairs wants to speak eloquently and powerfully for the disabled. Instead it speaks down to them in the vernacular of bad television comedies, cheeseball underdog dance movies, and abysmal soap operas.
  10. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 22, 2012
    40
    This mawkish rom-com mines class, ethnic and ambulatory boundaries for cheap laughs and cheap-looking visuals.
  11. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 22, 2012
    40
    In truth, Musical Chairs is so simplistic it almost feels like a first film.
  12. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Mar 21, 2012
    40
    This would-be inspirational picture has its heart in the right place, but with default-setting characters, loudly telegraphed emotional beats and lack of any real sizzle to enliven its maudlin moralizing, it all feels like a cursory run through a well-trodden routine.
  13. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Mar 20, 2012
    40
    All would be forgiven if Seidelman weren't so damningly dispassionate about dance, cutting up and away from movement and devaluing the thing we'd countenance so much cheese in order to see.

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