Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)



Critic Consensus: This heartwarming documentary will win audiences over, as the sheer charm of precocious, enthusiastic children learning to dance resonates from the screen.

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This is a profile of several New York City's public school kids and their journey into the world of ballroom dancing. The eleven-year-olds go from reluctantly participating in ballroom dancing to preparing to compete in the citywide finals.

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Critic Reviews for Mad Hot Ballroom

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (47)

A much more sanguine view of cultural diversity emerges in this enchanting documentary...what Mad Hot Ballroom lacks in depth, it more than makesup for in charm and vibrancy.

February 28, 2018
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It will sweep you off your feet.

November 17, 2015

Cute, comical kids help make this ballroom dancing comp-romp a feelgood winner despite inexpert editing.

April 1, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Charming if slightly overlong.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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It's a tale of tears, triumph and tread-upon toes; it may wear you out, but it'll put a spring in your step too.

December 6, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[Its] heart shines through during conversational scenes with the candid children.

November 3, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mad Hot Ballroom

Sweet but kind of slow.

Julie B
Julie B

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Cute kids dancing. It's sweet but in a PBS special kind of way.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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Fantastic... I was cheering for those kids. :)

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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