Mao's Last Dancer
Mao's Last Dancer (2010)

"Mao's Last Dancer" is the inspiring true story of Li Cunxin and his extraordinary journey from a poor upbringing in rural China to international stardom as a world-class ballet dancer. Based on the best selling autobiography,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 20, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan F. Richards

Bruce Beresford's biopic of Li Cunxin, the Chinese ballet dancer who defected while on a student visa in Houston in 1981, is sometimes the movie equivalent of Oscar Meyer cold cuts. But the dancing is pure caviar.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Lovely and astounding, Mao's Last Dancer is a modern epic of art and ambition triumphing oppression.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a sweeping story that has many ups and downs, with some pretty noticeable changes in tone and pace

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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter

Feel-good movie about a Chinese dancer presses all the right buttons.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Too often, though, the film plods along on the ground.

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Don Groves

Missteps prevent ballet drama from reaching great heights.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Australian director Bruce Beresford handles the culture-clash aspects of the story with a surprising lack of subtlety.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Ballet star Li Cunxin's best-selling autobiography gets a curiously tepid treatment in this 2009 adaptation by director Bruce Beresford.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...somehow makes the extraordinary true story it's based on seem like common corn while succeeding in modest ways.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Megan S
Not a repeat movie by any means. Some of the melodrama seemed over the top and out of place with his relationship with the girl.
Nicki Marie
Enjoyed watching it once, but don't think it is one I will be watching again. Acting is kind of bad, but I guess some of these were cast more for their… More
Cynthia S.
This is one of those must see based-on-a-true-story movies, even if you aren't into ballet. Beautiful. Entertaining. Inspiring.
Dean McKenna
The true story was deeply moving film and showed how disciplined a Chinese guy must be in order to become a great dancer. Li Cunxin is played magnificently by… More
Jennifer Xu
Oh my god, this is such a bad, melodramatic movie. I wanted to watch this because I thought it was a documentary, but Mao's Last Dancer couldn't be… More
Byron Brubaker
Fish out of water tale as Chi Cao playing Li Cunxin finds his way through the culture shock of moving from communist China to capitalist America. He grows up… More