90

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
Grabbing every backstage musical cliche by the lapels, it sends each one pirouetting, then sprawling hysterically across the floor. It's hard not to love this kind of tribute.
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89

Austin Chronicle

Metaphorically speaking, Strictly Ballroom celebrates individuality over homogeneity; for all its melodramatic flourishes and grotesque exaggerations, it never mocks the hero's dream of self-expression.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The movie is funny, energetic, and enjoyable -- the perfect film for a night or an afternoon out, regardless of what mood you're in. While the plot and characters don't boast any special depth, there's enough freshness to hold just about anyone's interest.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
It's silly, it's serious, it's outrageous, it's mundane, it's blowsy, it's lovely. Yet this fickle film has a constant heart - warm and very likeable.
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80

Empire

Fluff it may well be, but a more entertaining and engaging piece of fluff you'd be hard pushed to find.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
The movie musical may not have been dead after all, just resting up until this lot came around. [12 Feb 1993, p.F10]
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What's best about the movie is the sense of madness and mania running just beneath its surface.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Luhrmann is a director with the style and snap to have these tired routines on their feet and kicking like a line of Rockettes.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The dance-film equivalent of a female impersonator: The movie is absurd and sincere at the same time-it offers an insolent facsimile of grand passion.
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63

TV Guide

One would have to be heartless not to be engaged by Strictly Ballroom's romantic, dewy sentiment, but the predictable plot is difficult to bear, as are the broad characterizations.
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72 out of 100
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