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Metascore

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88
New York Daily News
This winning documentary about fifth-graders who learn ballroom dancing is one of those movies that make the world a brighter place.
88
ReelViews
Isn't just heartwarming and inspiring, it's a remarkable look at a group of children whose most noteworthy trait is that they are ordinary.
75
Charming and inspiring.
75
New York Post
A crowd-pleaser of the first order.
70
Variety
Perky and effortlessly smooth.
70
Village Voice
Like "Spellbound's" glimpse of the darker side of childhood competition, Mad Hot Ballroom--a look at New York City schools' fifth-grade ballroom dance program--is best when exploring issues of class and gender and definitions of success.
70
The A.V. Club
Some of the strongest scenes are candid front-stoop sessions in which the kids swap gossip and float some hilariously pre-sexual theories on romance.
70
Ms. Agrelo and Ms. Sewell deserve praise for discovering and illuminating this delightful corner of an educational system that is often portrayed in the grimmest terms, but their execution falls a bit short.
70
Newsweek
What Mad Hot Ballroom lacks in depth, it more than makesup for in charm and vibrancy.
50
At heart this is a cuteness exploitation flick.

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