Strictly Ballroom
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This wildly off-beat comedy is about a male dancer (Paul Mercurio) who refuses to follow the accepted rules of ballroom dancing and creates his own style of choreography, which infuriates the ballroom dancing establishment. Before he's scheduled to compete in the Pan-Pacific ballroom championships, he's forced to take up a new partner (Tara Morice), a beginner who initially seems without promise. With his help, she turns into an assured and wonderful dancer. Baz Luhrmann's visual style may be too bright, gaudy and exaggerated for some tastes, yet he treats his characters with… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"so reserved for Luhrmann as a director, yet it is as fabulous and colorful as any other film out there"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"An Australian classic - and deservedly so!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Though made for a fraction of [Moulin Rouge]'s budget and with no big stars,Strictly Ballroom is the better film in every way."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Great dance movie and a preview of what Lurhmann will be capable of in the future."
‑ Fred Topel,
"An occasional lack of coherence inhibits our ability to truly embrace the actors and their twinkle-toed exploits"
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"A crow-pleaster hat took the inernational festival circuit by storm and put Aussie filmmaker Luhrmann on the map as a talent to watch."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"fabulous comedy-romance"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Lots of laughs, lots of style: Strictly Ballroom is a wonderful prelude to Luhrmann's next two films."
‑ Dan Fazio, Citysearch
"Kind of like Luhrmann Meets John Waters. Great fun."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A delightful confection from Baz Luhrmann, fresher and lighter on its feet than Moulin Rouge!"
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Listen to the rhythm of your heart in Strictly Ballroom, where tears and laughter blend seamlessly in an extravagantly theatrical story about love, dreams and overcoming your fears."
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"The exuberant film was breezy, well-acted and easy to like even if it was fluff."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"More fun for ballroom enthusiasts than for the rest of us; cheeky, but totally overloaded."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Funny, charming and energetic. Baz Lurhman's warm-up to MOULIN ROUGE."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"The plot is predictable, to be sure, but it's fun to follow along... Highly enjoyable no matter what one's taste in music or dance."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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