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  • Summary: Mia and Armando meet at a midtown Manhattan dance studio where Mia is an instructor and Armando is a part-time handyman who exchanges his janitorial duties for dance lessons. Despite their differences, there is clearly a spark between them that is ignited one night when they find themselves alone practicing in the studio. But before their relationship has a chance to grow, a tragic accident changes Mia’s life forever. True to his nature, Armando dedicates himself to helping Mia overcome the everyday challenges that follow. (Paladin Pictures) Collapse
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  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: 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Mar 23, 2012
    50
    The story never quite gets into the groove.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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