88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Among recent documentaries, First Position soars to the head of the class.
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80

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Documentaries don't have to be technically great to be irresistible, and Bess Kargman's First Position, which follows six young ballet dancers as they prepare for an elite competition, is a case in point.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Because its subjects are so driven and so talented, First Position, which is about ballet, is more gripping than the norm.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

First Position shows the dancers' emotions, but it is weaker in building the suspense of the competition.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of First Position is the relationship between aspirant and teacher.
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75

New York Post

The movie still seems fresh in the way it respects both the art in ballet and the discipline it demands - even in childhood.
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75

Washington Post

Forget that "reality" show about young dancers on the Lifetime channel. First Position, a debut documentary from Bess Kargman, is the real thing.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
First Position overcomes its predictable elements thanks to the inherent visual drama of watching children strain their bodies to the limit in obsessive pursuit of their goals.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Their devotion to their art is admirable, and the film gets under the skin, if never really in our blood.
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60

NPR

It's a simple and lovely movie, and particularly for people who haven't seen "Spellbound," it's a great introduction to the intriguing mix of parents - neurotic, loving, pressuring, calming - who raise great kids who do great things.
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72 out of 100
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