Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
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Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
Randall Miller's Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School compiles an all-star cast to tell an unabashedly emotional story about life, love, and destiny. Robert Carlyle portrays Frank Keane, a man who has been in a deep depression ever since his wife passed away. One day while driving, Frank sees an accident. He investigates the scene to see if he can help and meets a dying stranger (John Goodman), who tells Frank that he was headed to a dance school in order to reunite with a woman he loved many years before. Frank decides to attend the dance school, and becomes involved with a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Miller has all but smothered the charm right out of his Charm School."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Predictable and decidedly old-fashioned in its sensibility, the film is likely to win over audiences if not critics."
‑ James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter
"Yet another ballroom dancing movie presents dance as a universal balm that heals life's problems in this mildly inspired dramatic comedy."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A miscast hodgepodge of a genre stew."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Strong performances and moving themes are drowned in a sea of sentimentality."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The picture trivializes the characters, hinting at depths it can't depict, aiming at a profundity of feeling it can't begin to reach."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"While it's at times too melodramatic and formulaic to be entirely successful, it still holds some appeal; its very amateurishness is what makes it charming."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Why would Frank drop everything to embark on this lunatic mission? Well, the answer is simple. If he didn't, there would be no movie - and perhaps that wouldn't have been such a bad thing."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"Utterly charming."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
"I could believe almost nothing of this under-written, over-emoted saga."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Beyond Wahlberg's deft moves, School's dancing is leaden, not charming, and the only challenge is enduring the film's lumbering progress until it finally clicks at the end."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School may stumble at times, but at least it gets out on the dance floor and has a good time."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A surprisingly-moving message movie about love and redemption filled with sentimental and transformational moments leading to tearjerker of a finale."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"That the film was itself borne out of risk invests its message with an honesty and an authenticity more than sufficient to offset its flaws."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"the entire movie is ridiculous"
‑ Christopher Null,
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