100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
People who see it may feel like dancing out of the theater afterward. Go for it.
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Bell explodes onscreen in a performance that cuts to the heart without sham tearjerking. Look for Billy to blast off.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It's not just a movie about an underdog who fights the odds, it's about following one's heart -- despite the obstacles.
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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Best of all, Billy (Jamie Bell) is that rarity in a film distributed by Hollywood: a real boy, confused at 11 about almost everything.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
A triumph that deserves a broad audience.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Bell is utterly persuasive as the boy literally yearning to leap beyond the oppressively apparent confines of his world.
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88

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
You'd be hard-pressed to find a purer expression of rapture in a film this year than the one that opens Billy Elliot.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
As much parable and fantasy as it is realistic.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
One of those movies where it's impossible not to find yourself cheering for the scruffy underdog hero.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Even as the director, Stephen Daldry, places his star front and center, he doesn't know how to highlight him.
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74 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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