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Based on 34 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Bell explodes onscreen in a performance that cuts to the heart without sham tearjerking. Look for Billy to blast off. show more

  • 100
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    People who see it may feel like dancing out of the theater afterward. Go for it. show more

  • 88
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    You'd be hard-pressed to find a purer expression of rapture in a film this year than the one that opens Billy Elliot. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    One of those movies where it's impossible not to find yourself cheering for the scruffy underdog hero. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    It's not just a movie about an underdog who fights the odds, it's about following one's heart -- despite the obstacles. show more

  • 88
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    A triumph that deserves a broad audience. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Bell is utterly persuasive as the boy literally yearning to leap beyond the oppressively apparent confines of his world. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Best of all, Billy (Jamie Bell) is that rarity in a film distributed by Hollywood: a real boy, confused at 11 about almost everything. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    As much parable and fantasy as it is realistic. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Trumpets the worthwhile message that ballet is just as manly and athletic as any other masculine activity - and maybe a touch more so, if you have to defy an uncomprehending community in order to pursue it. show more

  • June 22, 2011 aldercatherine
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    This is such a touching story about finding your own true path and not letting anyone get you off of it regardless of your community and family pressuring you with \"How odd!\" The lead is very believable and fun to watch as he learns to dance. It is so very triumphant. Enjoy!

  • December 29, 2010 kairp1
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    Amazing, So touching.

  • November 11, 2008 Sweetrose
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    I love the art of Ballet,and think the greatest and most well -known talent in that craft is actor Michail Baryshnikov;In this film, the viewer sees how strong a "push" dance can be.Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell)'s father works as a miner in England,as most of the men do.When Billy wrestles,he hears the girls' ballet class and falls in love wih the art. Julie Walters plays the dance instructor who starts a fire in Billy's heart for dance. On the sly,the boy hides his practice from dad (Gary Lewis) and thinks all his friends will call him a "sissy". The teacher tries to give Billy a shot at a Conservatory of Ballet, and Billy follows his heart. Soon, Dad learns about the boy's conniving and berates him. When the boy aces the second tryout,he "makes the grade". I enjoyed the ending of the film,because Billy finally makes his father proud and follows the star he dreams on . As you see him leap in the air, you realize it is his future and passion.

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