Billy Elliot Synopsis
A talented boy (Jamie Bell) experiences family turmoil while aspiring to become a ballet dancer.
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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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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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Follow your dreams!

By Dominic LeRose
Every human has goals they hope to achieve in their lifetime and in Stephen Daldry's "Billy Elliot" we come across a character named Billy Elliot who's goal as an eleven year-old boy is to dance in a...

Awesome

By kellyharvanek
It's a Awesome movie...

loved it

By Alxbstn2000
Awesome movie showing whatever your background if you have passion and drive you can make it anywhere. It was emotional and funny in all the right spots...

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Rated R | For Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Terrific story of young ballet dancer has strong language.
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