Take the Lead
Take the Lead (2006)

Inspired by a true story, Antonio Banderas stars as internationally acclaimed ballroom dancer Pierre Dulane. The film revolves around a professional dancer who volunteers to teach in the New York City public school system. But when his… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 7, 2006
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Banderas is charismatic in the lead, and the dance sequences are captivating, but the story is too familiar and predictable.

Anna Smith
Time Out

While their transformation is predictable, it's quietly enjoyable, and the teen angle opens the door to romance and gritty gang-war subplots.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Think of it as the fictionalized version of last year's engaging documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, with teen dancers and sexier moves. It is also more formulaic and clichéd, thanks to the predictable plot and theme.

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Kam Williams
San Francisco Post

Lean on Me meets Strictly Ballroom. Tough two-step replaces tough love.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

it's just ridiculous, it's just ridiculous. One cliché right after another. Not for one second did I believe any of this.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Take the Lead is pure entertainment, if only for the endless amusement of watching Banderas spread the gospel of ballroom like he was born wearing a tuxedo.

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Jette Kernion

Feels like a product, with decisions made for audience appeal rather than creativity.

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Stephanie Zacharek

While we may be able to pretty much guess everything that's going to happen in Take the Lead, its considerable charm lies in the way it fulfills, rather than bucks, our expectations.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A predictable and yet thoroughly enjoyable drama about the redemptive power of dance for a group of inner-city teenagers.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

For the most part, Liz Friedlander's direction and frenetic pacing mitigate any real performance opportunities.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Raymond Wieser
The sole reason for seeing this film: Antonio Banderas in a charismatic lead role, and looking like he was born in a tuxedo. The dance sequences are… More
Thomas Bowler
really moving story about a dance teacher. the only difficulty the movie shows is trying to keep track of and further so many different stories and characters.
Bethany Murphy
Another great dance film. The fact that it was a true story made me like it more. Made it much more honest and happier.
Keith Adams
An inspiring, foot-stomping, entertaining dance movie that will entertain both younger and older viewers.
Jennifer Xu
The whole bring-culture-to-the-inner-city-kids thing is so overdone, but the dances are nice.
EightThirty .
I liked this one...Not bad...very good actually ^_^