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"Center Stage" follows the hopes and dreams of a tight-knit group of young dance students as they try to make a name for themselves and become stars in the fiercely competitive world of professional dance. Vibrant and supremely gifted, they are students who devote themselves to their art, sacrificing ordinary pleasures of life to train with the rigor of Olympic athletes. While experiencing the normal joys and sorrows, loves and conflicts of youth, they vie for a place in an ultra-selective professional dance company.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Assuming that every generation needs its own dance film, Hytner revists the turf of films like Turning Point (classic ballet), Chrous Line (Broadway dancing) and Saturday Night Fever (disco) and blends together their themes and persona to little effect."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Anybody who's ever laced on toe shoes, or wanted to, will find something to take away from Center Stage."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Melodramatic, a bit racy -- some teens will love."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"Ethan Steifel's unforgettable dancing seems to defy the laws of gravity -- and without computerized special effects."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Center Stage proves that it's hard to make a bad dance movie."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Center Stage has moments of joy and moments of insight."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Fortunately, it also contains several more complex characters who manage to make the film a surprisingly engaging affair."
‑ Monica Eng, Chicago Tribune
"If I was a 12 year old girl who takes any sort of dance classes, this would be my favorite film of all time...but I'm not."
‑ John Venable,
"Does one kid turn out to be bulimic? Does someone proclaim, "I'm not dancing for them anymore -- I'm dancing for myself"? You need not see "Center Stage" to correctly guess the answers to those questions."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"[Hytner's] widescreen direction of the many dance sequences has a snap to it the likes of which hasn't been seen in studio musical filmmaking for years."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Center Stage is the same old stuff, not an arabesque more."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"It's a bad joke."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"...not only insultingly stupid but weirdly dull."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Offers insights into the rigors, foibles, physical pain, and competitiveness in the modern world of ballet."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Ultimately the story line here is as stupid as the final 'rock' ballet."
‑ Rachel Deahl,
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