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  • Summary: Standing Ovation delivers an optimistic take of perseverance and passion that inspires the American dream in all of us. Five junior high school friends form a singing group called "The 5 Ovations" to compete in a national music video contest for a cash prize of one million dollars. With limited funds and resources, these street smart kids use their wits, courage and passion to create spectacular song and dance numbers that compete with their arch rivals " The Wiggies," five rich, talented and unscrupulous sisters who, along with their parents, will stop at nothing to win the competition. (Rocky Mountain Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 5 out of 6
  1. The cast is full of fresh-faced unknowns ready for their close-ups. Most likely to succeed is Kayla Jackson, an almond-eyed dreamer, as Brittany, anchor of the Ovations and of her family.
  2. 38
    Off the wall? Friend, you don’t know off the wall until you’ve seen five twelve-year-old girl singer-dancers cover the Tina Turner/Phil Spector epic “River Deep, Mountain High” in the screwball kiddie dance comedy, Standing Ovation.
  3. Standing Ovation is an innovative film in the sense that every minute or so it comes up with a different way of being annoying. Moreover, it often goes for a layered effect, in which it's annoying in two or three ways simultaneously.
  4. This is the kind of movie where the audience of extras orgasmically react after every song as if they were at a Bruce Springsteen concert instead of watching a bunch of kids who wouldn't make the cut in a junior high production of "Bye Bye Birdie."
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    At once annoyingly hyper and underwhelmingly dull.
  6. Reviewed by: Taylor Adams
    This low-budget film from writer-director Stewart Raffill (“Across the Great Divide,’’ “Mac and Me’’) is processed cheese molded into a series of loosely related, sloppily choreographed, and inexplicably auto-tuned dance numbers.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. MaryB.
    Jul 18, 2010
    My grandkids loved it and I truly think it is a great movie geared for the age bracket it was meant for.. Kalyla Jackson will be seen again..Beautiful girl..Spencer is on his way to SAG, for sure. Collapse
  2. AndreaG.
    Jul 18, 2010
    Children who dance, sing and like music are having a great time at this movie. We adults need to think like a kid again or take a child with us and watch them have fun. Who knows ... we may even have fun too! :o) Expand
  3. LitaF.
    Jul 18, 2010
    GREAT FOR KIDS, but seniors won't like it. It's a very entertaining film for tweenies and teenagers. Our kids want to go again so we are ordering the DVD. Expand
  4. Feb 2, 2011
    This film was excellent! Finally a clean, good, and funny family movie. The acting and singing were amazing but the best part of this film were the hidden values in the script. I enjoyed every moment and it truly brought a tear to my eye in a great way. I am so upset that I didn't see it at the theatre and the advertising wasn't done properly -- truly a shame since this would have been worth the trip. I hope that this fim gets recognized and the cast get proper recognition for their hard work. Expand
  5. Nov 9, 2013
    The movie is a flop. Its more about taking down the bad guys rather than focusing on the dancing and music. Scenes are all over the place and placed in any slot, It has a bad script that never seems to go anywhere, Actors that might as-well never read a script in they're life and it teaches your children no morals but standing up to street gangsters. And no, Teens absolutely hate this movie. When I showed some little kids this movie they thought it wad boring, because nothing ever happens. Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2011
    I want everyone to listen to me-this movie is complete dog s*** (pardon my language, but this is the nicest thing I could think of to say about this mess) The writing is painful, the direction makes me want to vomit. And the acting...oh God, the acting. I am easy on kids, but this was inexcusable. It seems like Stewart Rafill came up with the worst actors he could find, and put them on screen, to sing pop songs that make Justin Bieber look like Michael Jackson. I am reading the positive reviews for this film by metacritic users, and I think to myself, it's not the critics bashing this movie because they're adults, or they don't get the humor. THE HUMOR SUCKS! Throughout the film, I was just angry. I almost want a DVD of this garbage so I can light it on fire. There is no reason for this film to exist. For all those people that are giving this movie good reviews, listen to me-go check yourself into a mental health clinic, watch The Godfather, something, because your perspective of films being good is messed up. there is something wrong with your brain, or your being paid by the studio. This movie makes me sad. Why do movies this terrible exist? And for you idiots/employees of the studio that think that I'm just some critic that doesn't understand what a good film is, I want you to listen to me. I do write reviews on the internet. is my address. And one more thing-I'm thirteen years old. So I am thirteen and know that this sucks. Any adults or younger children that like this-I will never be your friend. Because you are stupid. This movie is just so ungodly awful that I want you to see it just so you can see how low filmmaking has gone. 0/10 (the rating I gave it here, and on my blog) Expand
  7. MichaelK.
    Jul 19, 2010
    Best movie of the year by far.. The negative reviews are just an example of how you can never please everyone. Some people just won't get it. I pity them. Expand