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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Inspired by a true story (translation: a lot of it is made up), the movie shucks its corn straight from the cob. But it's no less engaging for that, thanks to the enthusiasm of the young cast and the fusion of classic dance with hip-hop moves courtesy of Rich and Tone Talauega. show more

  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    An energetic young cast, consisting of a mix of professional dancers and actors who do convincing imitations of Arthur Murray graduates, is positively inspired in numbers combining traditional ballroom steps with hip-hop. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The movie's best moments are between Banderas and the kids. When the plot shifts to reveal the students' back stories (one has a prostitute mother, another a drunken father), the story becomes a melodramatic rehash of other movies, like "Fame" or "Rent." show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    At one point, Dulaine takes the students to his studio and they look up at the mirrored disco ball glittering above the dance floor. "Corny, but cool," says one of the sweathogs. My feelings about the film precisely. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Take the Lead hits all the marks you'd expect of a movie like this, but it's done vibrantly and with warm-blooded characters. show more

  • 60
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Things hold together longer than they would have without Banderas' commanding, committed performance. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Antonio Banderas is reason enough to see the movie. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Though screenwriter Dianne Houston spent time observing the real-life Dulaine, her screenplay is a showcase for triumph-of-the-underdog sports-movie cliches and coming-of-age-through-adversity moral lessons. show more

  • 63
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    What keeps this from cloying? Universally good performances, led by Banderas' blazing intensity. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    The latest ballroom dance-fever picture isn't very good, but some of the dancing is fun. show more

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