Mad Hot Ballroom
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

This is a profile of several New York City's public school kids and their journey into the world of ballroom dancing. The eleven-year-olds go from reluctantly participating in ballroom dancing to preparing to compete in the citywide… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 20, 2005
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This heartwarming documentary will win audiences over, as the sheer charm of precocious, enthusiastic children learning to dance resonates from the screen.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

It will sweep you off your feet.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's kind of like the dance version of that documentary Rock School.

Emanuel Levy

Inspiring and enjoyable, this docu chronicles the physical and psychological transformation of school kids of different social classes as they enter into the 'exotic' world of ballroom dancing.

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Raven Snook
Time Out

Charming if slightly overlong.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The kids are adorable, and so is the movie.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A sweet, and utterly entertaining portrait of children learning about confidence, achievement, skill, and also understanding the game of the sexes at such a young age.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Listening to the kids talk is a treat in itself, but watching them strut their stuff in the final competition is enough to make you stand up and cheer.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Clearly, the dance lessons are life lessons as well, nurturing self-confidence, team spirit, the joy of dancing and even a slight touch of Old World etiquette in an otherwise too-busy- to-be-courteous world.

Cole Smithey

Charming, poignant and festive "Mad Hot Ballroom" is an inspirational documentary that shows the power of dance to invigorate self-esteem and ambition in young hearts.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Julie B
Sweet but kind of slow.
Sunil Jawahir
Cute kids dancing. It's sweet but in a PBS special kind of way.
Leigh Ryan
Fantastic... I was cheering for those kids. :)
Jennifer Xu
OMG what a cuuute documentary! totally got shafted at the oscars, cause i was like MANOHMAN little fifth-graders you have way more hip movement than me.