• Released
  • August 20, 2010
  • (Limited)
  • PG , 1 hr 57 min
  • Art House/Foreign
Mao's Last Dancer Synopsis
A peasant boy from communist China becomes an international ballet star.
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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...
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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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

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

Like most films in this underdog genre, the emotional manipulation of the audience is constant and obvious.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Noble but dull.
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remarkable, astonishing life story of a man

By howcanierasemyaccount
The movie is adapted from the best-seller autobiography of the ballet and dancer Li Cunxing. I enjoyed the movie very much, especially the ballet scenes. it is true that acting wasn't excellent and...

deeply meaningful

By statik
a movie that qualifies as an experience--incredible script, character depth, plot depth, superb acting, sych beaiutiful choreography--Bruce Greenwood puts in a performance for the ages--Chi Cao who...

Mao's Last Dancer

By murray161
Finally, an adult movie without the gratuitous violence, sex, and foul language- and this from a macho guy,...


By Aggie630
I highly recommend this PG rated film for the family because it is inspiring and motivational. It has an assortment of thematic elements such as family life, school issues, culture shock in a new...

One of the best this year

By janavegas
The emotional journey that have every audience going for their kleenex, at least at the theater that i was in.Not often a movie gets applauded in the end , this is one of them. Touching and fair, for...

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By 8715ll
one of best this year...

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By Betty Davis eyes
equisite ballet heartwarming true story...

Mao's Last Dancer - Truly Moving Picture Award recipient.

By Heartland TMP
Visually, this is a very pretty film, just really easy on the eyes. The ballet scenes feel real and complete, authentic. This is a movie which makes me want to read the autobiography it is based...

Five Word Review

By Daltexgal
Epic Unforgettable Enchanting Worthy Historical...

Mao's Last Dancer

By kitbunnell
Good dancing, but not enough of it and not much of a story....

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Rated PG | For Brief violent image, some sensuality, language and incidental smoking