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Take the Lead (2006)



Critic Consensus: Banderas is charismatic in the lead, and the dance sequences are captivating, but the story is too familiar and predictable.

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Inspired by a true story, Antonio Banderas stars as internationally acclaimed ballroom dancer Pierre Dulane. The film revolves around a professional dancer who volunteers to teach in the New York City public school system. But when his classic methods clash with his students' hip hop instincts, he teams up with them to create a new style of dance and becomes their mentor in the process. "Take the Lead" co-stars Alfre Woodard and marks the feature directing debut of veteran music video helmer Liz Friedlander.

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Antonio Banderas
as Pierre Dulaine
Yaya DaCosta
as LaRhette
Alfre Woodard
as Augustine James
John Ortiz
as Mr. Temple
Phillip Jarrett
as Rock's Dad
Jo Chim
as Gretchen
Sharon Matthews
as Ms. Rosemead
Ardon Bess
as Smitty
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Critic Reviews for Take the Lead

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (41)

Take the Lead, a dramatised retread of the hit documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, is so awful it defies describing.

October 6, 2018 | Full Review…

A scattering of dance sequences that fuse hip-hop and classical beats provide a few shots of energy, but Take The Lead otherwise plods through the motions.

May 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Take the Lead offers few if any surprises to anyone who's seen either the aforementioned Breakin', Beat Street, or, most obvious of all, Dangerous Minds.

May 6, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

While their transformation is predictable, it's quietly enjoyable, and the teen angle opens the door to romance and gritty gang-war subplots.

May 6, 2006
Top Critic

The energy and rhythm keep it moving along gracefully.

May 6, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

it's just ridiculous, it's just ridiculous. One cliché right after another. Not for one second did I believe any of this.

April 10, 2006

Audience Reviews for Take the Lead

The sole reason for seeing this film: Antonio Banderas in a charismatic lead role, and looking like he was born in a tuxedo. The dance sequences are captivating and entertaining to watch, but it's probably one of the most uninspired inspiring stories I've seen. It's full of cliches, and a formulaic plot line that couldn't hold my interest past an hour.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

Another great dance film. The fact that it was a true story made me like it more. Made it much more honest and happier.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

The whole bring-culture-to-the-inner-city-kids thing is so overdone, but the dances are nice.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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