|Universal Focus | Release Date: October 13, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
An exquisite, ecstatic film, crude in its characterizations and plotting, yes, but extraordinary in its capacity for elation and its hard-earned sentimentality.
Bell explodes onscreen in a performance that cuts to the heart without sham tearjerking. Look for Billy to blast off.
This delightful film, with its surprising depth charges of emotion, has the feel of a movie that's going to lodge itself in the public's affections for a long time to come.
A triumph that deserves a broad audience.
Bell is utterly persuasive as the boy literally yearning to leap beyond the oppressively apparent confines of his world.
This is such seductive entertainment that you might as well stop grousing and give in.
An uplifting, crowd-pleasing film in the tradition of "The Full Monty" that could easily win Oscar nominations for both its 11-year-old star, Jamie Bell, and first-time director, Stephen Daldry.
Compared to manipulative tearjerkers like "Pay It Forward" or "Men of Honor," Billy Elliot is a model of restraint, one that earns its warmth the hard way -- by making us care about the people who are going through familiar steps.
An adrenaline-pumping, post-musical musical.
One of those movies where it's impossible not to find yourself cheering for the scruffy underdog hero.
It's the triumph of the human spirit in its never-ending quest to be an original no matter what the establishment says.
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