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100
This first-cabin director returns to top form, with this revelatory film his best in years. More than that, Mao's Last Dancer is a masterpiece.
75
This is a handsome, conventional biopic, as fluent and polished as its subject matter.
75
Likable as this full-hearted and uplifting movie is, though, I wish that Beresford had not fallen into the familiar trap of dividing Chinese characters into two roles: brutal, ideology-spouting apparatchiki; or parable-spouting, salt-of-the-earth proletarians, the better to show off by contrast the open society of the West.
75
The delight of this film isn't so much in the tale as the telling.
70
Wall Street Journal
The film celebrates artistic freedom without preaching a sermon, and often flies when Mr. Chi is on screen. When he is on stage, spinning and leaping to the strains of magnificent music, the film soars.
63
The ballets are badly filmed. The camera shoots them often from the point of view of the patrons in the auditorium or in a way that dishonors the choreography.
63
This based-on-real-life tale of artistic aspirations and international politics is packed with more corn than an Iowa silo.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
Like most films in this underdog genre, the emotional manipulation of the audience is constant and obvious.
60
The degree to which they are willing to share their bodies with the world, seeming to reach out for it with each impossible extension, drawing it in with every reeling arabesque, suggests a desire for engagement that is visceral, human, and true in all the ways this film is not.
40
Noble but dull.

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