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  • Summary: Strictly Ballroom is the magical story of a championship ballroom dancer who's breaking all the rules, and his ugly duckling dancing partner. (BV Entertainment)
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  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. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Salisbury
    80
    Fluff it may well be, but a more entertaining and engaging piece of fluff you'd be hard pushed to find.
  4. 75
    Luhrmann works aggressively for laughs early in the picture, playing up the gaudiness and piggishness of the old-guard dancers in camera angles as extreme and unflattering as a mid-'80s David Lee Roth video.
  5. 75
    Luhrmann is a director with the style and snap to have these tired routines on their feet and kicking like a line of Rockettes.
  6. 70
    The movie is over before you know it, and is not one to linger in the mind, or indeed pass through the mind at all; but it's a good-humored ride for the senses, never too sickly, and who can say no to that?
  7. A festival favorite in 1992, this flamboyant Australian crowd pleaser and first feature by Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge") struck me then as one of the more horrific and unpleasant movies I'd seen in quite some time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. AndrewN.
    Dec 3, 2008
    10
    "Are we gonna do that Bogo-Pogo?!" "What did you think of the way I danced on the weekend?" "I dunno, you didn't win did ya." "Yeah but what did you think of it?" "I dunno. Now are we gonna do that Bogo-Pogo?!" "I'm asking what you thought of the way I danced on the weekend?!" "I told you, I don't know!!" "Jesus Wayne!" Expand
  2. [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 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. Expand
  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.