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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of First Position is the relationship between aspirant and teacher. show more

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    First Position shows the dancers' emotions, but it is weaker in building the suspense of the competition. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Their devotion to their art is admirable, and the film gets under the skin, if never really in our blood. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    First Position overcomes its predictable elements thanks to the inherent visual drama of watching children strain their bodies to the limit in obsessive pursuit of their goals. show more

  • 60

    It's a simple and lovely movie, and particularly for people who haven't seen "Spellbound," it's a great introduction to the intriguing mix of parents - neurotic, loving, pressuring, calming - who raise great kids who do great things. show more

  • 80
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Documentaries don't have to be technically great to be irresistible, and Bess Kargman's First Position, which follows six young ballet dancers as they prepare for an elite competition, is a case in point. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Among recent documentaries, First Position soars to the head of the class. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    The movie still seems fresh in the way it respects both the art in ballet and the discipline it demands - even in childhood. show more

  • 75
    Washington Post

    Forget that "reality" show about young dancers on the Lifetime channel. First Position, a debut documentary from Bess Kargman, is the real thing. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Because its subjects are so driven and so talented, First Position, which is about ballet, is more gripping than the norm. show more

  • May 26, 2012 Mira Greenwald
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    Fantastic film

  • May 09, 2012 sanle7
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    Fantastic Dance film.....I urge anyone who loves dance to go to this film!!!!

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