Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School
Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2006)

Randall Miller's Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School compiles an all-star cast to tell an unabashedly emotional story about life, love, and destiny. Robert Carlyle portrays Frank Keane, a man who has been in a deep… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 31, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 4, 2006
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Clumsily staged and brimming with melodrama and trite self-help cliches, this dance movie stays stuck at amateur level.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Miller has all but smothered the charm right out of his Charm School.

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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter

Predictable and decidedly old-fashioned in its sensibility, the film is likely to win over audiences if not critics.

Cole Smithey

Yet another ballroom dancing movie presents dance as a universal balm that heals life's problems in this mildly inspired dramatic comedy.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The picture trivializes the characters, hinting at depths it can't depict, aiming at a profundity of feeling it can't begin to reach.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

While it's at times too melodramatic and formulaic to be entirely successful, it still holds some appeal; its very amateurishness is what makes it charming.

Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

Why would Frank drop everything to embark on this lunatic mission? Well, the answer is simple. If he didn't, there would be no movie - and perhaps that wouldn't have been such a bad thing.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Beyond Wahlberg's deft moves, School's dancing is leaden, not charming, and the only challenge is enduring the film's lumbering progress until it finally clicks at the end.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School may stumble at times, but at least it gets out on the dance floor and has a good time.

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Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

A surprisingly-moving message movie about love and redemption filled with sentimental and transformational moments leading to tearjerker of a finale.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Leigh Ryan
Totally cute and funny.
Leo L
Great movie. Good story plot that follows a grieving baker who connects with a total stranger's story about ballroom dancing. Great cast. Definitely… More
Curtis Lilly
Stars for having such a great cast. John Goodman plays a memorable character, and it has Ernie Hudson so you know you want some.
FanGirl Browncoat
There's just something about ballroom dancing films, when they're done right they're so good (see also Strictly Ballroom and the Japanese version… More
Alice Shen
I absolutely ADORE Mary Steenburgen but she is a horrible dancer. Carlyle was excellent. Rest of film was farfetched and flighty.
Robert Fearon
Interesting. The concept was nice, but there wasn't really anything special about it. Some people will love it (granted, there were a couple of good… More