Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
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  1. Grabbing every backstage musical cliche by the lapels, it sends each one pirouetting, then sprawling hysterically across the floor. It's hard not to love this kind of tribute.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff(Not credited)
    89
    Metaphorically speaking, Strictly Ballroom celebrates individuality over homogeneity; for all its melodramatic flourishes and grotesque exaggerations, it never mocks the hero's dream of self-expression.
  3. 88
    The movie is funny, energetic, and enjoyable -- the perfect film for a night or an afternoon out, regardless of what mood you're in. While the plot and characters don't boast any special depth, there's enough freshness to hold just about anyone's interest.
  4. It's silly, it's serious, it's outrageous, it's mundane, it's blowsy, it's lovely. Yet this fickle film has a constant heart - warm and very likeable.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. [Anonymous]
    Dec 6, 2008
    3
    Romantic comedic pseudo docudrama which is too silly to be dramatic and too leaden to be funny. It engages every clice of the romance genre Romantic comedic pseudo docudrama which is too silly to be dramatic and too leaden to be funny. It engages every clice of the romance genre with aplomb - so much so that it could almost be mistaken for satire. However, it is ironic that the entire plot is predicated on the protagonist disengaging from standard ballroom technique and creating original moves, whilst the movie itself plods along in a predictable two dimensional style. Full Review »
  2. Aug 29, 2014
    2
    Generic and bland. Strictly Ballroom isn't nearly as colorful or inventive as the Baz Luhrmann filmmaking we've grown to love and hold aGeneric and bland. Strictly Ballroom isn't nearly as colorful or inventive as the Baz Luhrmann filmmaking we've grown to love and hold a special place for. Full Review »
  3. Dec 31, 2012
    2
    Dull rom-com pseudo-docudrama. that is about a subject that it doesn't even take seriously (as it's a comedy). Shame it isn't in the least bit funny.