Billy Elliot
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Brassed Off meets My Name Is Joe in this gritty coming-of-age drama about a young son of a poor English coal miner who dreams of being a ballet dancer. The film is set during a 1984 miners' strike in Durham county, where angry clashes between picketers and cops in riot gear are nearly daily occurrences. Among the most vociferous protestors are Tony (Jamie Driven) and his dad (Gary Lewis), who nags his youngest son Billy (Jamie Bell) into taking boxing classes. Though the kid can do some fancy footwork, he can't take a punch. One day at the gym, he notices a ballet class taught by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"Bravo! to everyone involved."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"Julie Walters ... is spirited and colorful as the ballet teacher, and Gary Lewis is somehow convincing as the dad even when the screenplay requires him to make big offscreen swings of position."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film about atypical artistic pursuits in a blue-collar community that "The Full Monty" sought to be. Peter Darling's choreography dexterously captures the defiance in the dancing - rage against economical and emotional repression in a motherless home."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"The story is familiar, to be sure, but director Stephen Daldry and writer Lee Hall tell it so persuasively it's irresistible, and the movie's score of vintage T. Rex classics could do for glam-rock what "The Full Monty" did for disco."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Billy Elliot is charming and entertaining. It's a bit of British fluff, enjoyable and lightweight."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"The best dance film in ages."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"The movie brims with visual wit."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"When sticking with Billy and his inspirational story, director Stephen Daldry hits all the right steps."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Billy Elliot earns every one of its sentiments and emotions without getting overly manipulative or preachy"
‑ Collin Souter,
"For every boy who played with dolls or performed an activity once thought 'girly;' for every girl who played sports or was considered a 'Tom boy...'"
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"One of those rare movies that earns its feel-good ending without turning a blind eye to the compromises and little sorrows of everyday life."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Terrific story of young ballet dancer has strong language."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Daldry coaches an astonishing performance from Bell."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"A feel-good movie that should have felt even better."
‑ David N. Butterworth, Movie Boeuf
"Because the story is so entirely straightforward, the beauty is more in the performances and in the subtle touches than in the journey itself."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
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