• Released
  • August 20, 2010
  • (Limited)
  • PG , 1 hr 57 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Documentary
100

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
This first-cabin director returns to top form, with this revelatory film his best in years. More than that, Mao's Last Dancer is a masterpiece.
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75

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Likable as this full-hearted and uplifting movie is, though, I wish that Beresford had not fallen into the familiar trap of dividing Chinese characters into two roles: brutal, ideology-spouting apparatchiki; or parable-spouting, salt-of-the-earth proletarians, the better to show off by contrast the open society of the West.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
This is a handsome, conventional biopic, as fluent and polished as its subject matter.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
The delight of this film isn't so much in the tale as the telling.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The film celebrates artistic freedom without preaching a sermon, and often flies when Mr. Chi is on screen. When he is on stage, spinning and leaping to the strains of magnificent music, the film soars.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This based-on-real-life tale of artistic aspirations and international politics is packed with more corn than an Iowa silo.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The ballets are badly filmed. The camera shoots them often from the point of view of the patrons in the auditorium or in a way that dishonors the choreography.
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60

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
The degree to which they are willing to share their bodies with the world, seeming to reach out for it with each impossible extension, drawing it in with every reeling arabesque, suggests a desire for engagement that is visceral, human, and true in all the ways this film is not.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

Like most films in this underdog genre, the emotional manipulation of the audience is constant and obvious.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Noble but dull.
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55 out of 100
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