Musical Chairs
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Set against the exciting backdrop of competitive ballroom dancing, Musical Chairs is about Armando (Bonilla) a Bronx-bred Latino who aspires to be a dancer but whose only way in is as handyman at a Manhattan dance studio, and Mia (Pipes), an Upper East Side princess who is the studio's star performer. Though worlds apart, their shared passion for dance promises to bring them together until a tragic accident changes Mia's life forever, and she finds herself wheelchair-bound at a rehab facility, with her dreams of a dance career shattered. Fortunately, Armando has enough dreams for both… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Most of "Musical Chairs" settles for being simple, familiar and ineffective, though I suspect it'll warm a few hearts."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"By the time the mirror ball finally spins, we have long since lost interest."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"While Susan Seidelman's musical drama is contrived and formulaic, it gets a free pass mainly for being such a charming romance that at least tries to break its predictability."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Injured dancer learns new moves in inspiring, trite tale."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"An endearing romantic drama about a creative young Puerto Rican with a passion for dance."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A feel-good romantic fantasy that is likely to inspire a hollow laugh among some people in wheelchairs."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Seidelman's unflagging enthusiasm, which extends to her buoyant cast, winds up giving this superficial story a bit of unexpected depth."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Having been a dancer for a good part of my life, I found 'Musical Chairs' quite inspiring."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"It's a square genre picture that's just unassuming enough to be moderately diverting."
‑ Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity
"The schmaltzy and benign tale of a ballroom dancer who accepts and transcends her unexpected disability through the power of art and love."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"The little-known art of wheelchair ballroom dancing is a worthy subject, but this clumsy romantic comedy is like a partner who keeps stepping on - or rolling over - your toes."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"Charming and upbeat, and it's stuffed with great, vibrant, insanely catchy music."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Simpatico if shallow, struggling to be a life-affirming, feel-good fantasy."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"Would-be 'triumph of the human spirit' saga set among wheelchair-bound dancers blows it through shallow concept and characterizations."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A delightful romance between an upper-middle-class WASP and a working-class Latino."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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