90

Los Angeles Times

By Sheri Linden
A documentary that doesn't force-feed its message of hope but genuinely earns it.
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90

Village Voice

By Daphne Howland
Medalia, as an Israeli, knows this bumpy territory well and serves up her story sensitively, but with its difficulties unvarnished and unsolved. She focuses on a few children whom we get to know well enough to care very much about their progress.
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80

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
A surprising, well-crafted documentary.
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75

Washington Post

By Stephanie Merry
While the movie can feel disjointed at times, bouncing around to cover so much territory, the climax of the kids’s ballroom competition makes up for any quibbles. If nothing else, it’s heartening to see the kids so transformed.
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75

Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
“So how are you going to get them to dance together?” Dancing never explains how. Instead, as in similar films such as “Hoop Dreams,” it focuses on the contest, reducing the participants to a handful of representative kids who end up learning something about themselves and others.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
While the film doesn’t dig deeply enough into the myriad political and social issues it raises, it’s nonetheless warmly entertaining, thanks to Dulaine’s ever genial presence and the irresistible appeal of watching young children overcome their instilled fears and prejudices.
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70

The New York Times

By Andy Webster
Predictably, the film culminates in a dance competition, irresistible to behold and leading to an ending just about too pat to believe.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
When the grade-school kids are Israelis and Palestinians, the initially reluctant, moving duets they finally perform make you feel like, yes, dancing.
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75 out of 100
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