Filmmaker Marilyn Agrelo spotlights New York schoolchildren who take part in a citywide ballroom-dancing contest.
" Although not a great film, it's a joy to watch. "
" Aside from being perfectly irresistible, the movie is also deeply inspiring, especially for children. "
" Charming if slightly overlong. "
" Clearly, the dance lessons are life lessons as well, nurturing self-confidence, team spirit, the joy of dancing and even a slight touch of Old World etiquette in an otherwise too-busy- to-be-courteous world. "
" For director Marilyn Agrelo and screenwriter Amy Sewell, the documentary is a beautifully realized first effort. For the documented youngsters, it's a celebration of their stamina, tenacity and unforced lovability. "
" It's a dynamic snapshot of youth in the big city, of kids who talk tough and act up but savor the discipline and structure of their dance classes. "
" It's kind of like the dance version of that documentary Rock School. "
" Listening to the kids talk is a treat in itself, but watching them strut their stuff in the final competition is enough to make you stand up and cheer. "
" Mad Hot Ballroom had me at '... and go!' "
" Offers a rare glimpse of what's on the minds of pre-adolescent kids. "
" Sweet and wise little film. "
" The dedication the youngsters bring to their dancing is infectious, and that gives this documentary a leg up. "
" The film's unintentional revelation may be that the competition isn't near as important as the education. The trophy is only a faint shadow of what has been accomplished. "
" The kids are adorable, and so is the movie. "
" The kids are remarkably open -- and tentative -- about their feelings. "
" There are so many funny yet wrenching moments that the film's refusal to stop and probe can be a gift. "
" This engaging look at New York City school kids who learn ballroom dancing and participate in citywide competitions gains impact from watching kids learning unexpected skills. "
" Watching the kids dance is irresistible, but director Marilyn Agrelo is sensitive to the full complex of emotions invoked by the competition. "
" What is loveliest is listening to the kids talk. They are at a touchingly sweet stage, still plump-cheeked and mischievous, bravely trying to make sense of a complicated world and their place in it. "
" Wins you over with kid after kid after kid saying the darndest things about boys and girls, winning and losing, and a host of other issues. "
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