Billy Elliot
Billy Elliot (2000)

The life of a miner's son in Northern England is forever changed one day when he stumbles upon a ballet class on his way to boxing lessons. Joining the class and keeping it a secret from his widowed father and overbearing brother,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 3, 2000
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Billy Elliot is a charming movie that can evoke both laughter and tears.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

[Bell] makes Billy the angelic urchin joyous in a streetwise, unphony way, and his dancing, which fuses classical ballet rigor with a loose jointed pop showmanship, is electric.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

Charlotte O'Sullivan
Independent (UK)

It's as raw a slice of escapism as you could wish for.

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Paul Tatara

Bravo! to everyone involved.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

A model of purposefulness; a movie rich, but not lost, in background detail and fair-minded in its account of Thatcherite woes to the working class.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Terrific story of young ballet dancer has strong language.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

The best dance film in ages.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Nick Rogers

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
It comes as a truly delightful surprise how a simple story like this can be made into such a wonderful, captivating film that makes us cry and laugh in equal… More
Christian C
Touching story about the strength and integrity of both the conventional "Everyman" and those born to be different (or exceptional). I cannot… More
Daniel Perry
Tore my working-class heart in two then sewed in a spacer, so it could swell bigger than ever before... beautiful story about passion and grief and coming of… More
Jim Hunter
A young boy defies his father and takes ballet classes during a a mining strike. On its surface this is a charming film, but there are quite a few gritty,… More
Phil Hubbs
The film that started it all...well for this particular franchise/story that is. One of many films that has become a great success and followed on with even… More
Sophie Burgess
An inspiring and uplifting tale of a poor boy using his talent to the full to secure himself a better life than his parents. Jamie Bell does great for himself… More