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Based on 11 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Even filmgoers who aren't into dance will find this story captivating because, as much as anything, Sokvannara wants to please his audience, whether in the concert hall or the movie theater. The kid is a natural. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Informative and flavorful, though lacking in surprise. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    A dramatic story, to be sure, but not exactly grippingly told by its first-time filmmaker. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    It would have been nice to learn as much about Sar the man as about Sar the dancer. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Well-meant though it may be, the movie has an advertorial gloss. show more

  • 50
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Would have benefited from the kind of objectivity that Bass -- as Sar's well-heeled sponsor -- was hardly in a position to deliver. show more

  • 60
    S. James Snyder Time Out New York

    An illuminating profile but a sloppy snapshot of the immigrant experience. show more

  • 60
    Boxoffice Magazine

    Dancing lacks probing interviews to highlight the tremendous cultural change, but Sy remains an engaging focus point and there are numerous performance sequences that ably demonstrate his growing accomplishments. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    We get white folks ruminating lyrically on the peasant Asian's role as a kind of grand jeté bridge between East and West, and long performance sequences that are dazzling to behold but quite troubling to contemplate. show more

  • 50
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Offered only hints of life away from the barre or of Sy’s relationship with his coolly poised benefactress, viewers will see either a very fortunate young man or a beautiful protégé, dancing as fast as he can to please everyone but himself. show more

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