75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Take the Lead hits all the marks you'd expect of a movie like this, but it's done vibrantly and with warm-blooded characters.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Though screenwriter Dianne Houston spent time observing the real-life Dulaine, her screenplay is a showcase for triumph-of-the-underdog sports-movie cliches and coming-of-age-through-adversity moral lessons.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Antonio Banderas is reason enough to see the movie.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Inspired by a true story (translation: a lot of it is made up), the movie shucks its corn straight from the cob. But it's no less engaging for that, thanks to the enthusiasm of the young cast and the fusion of classic dance with hip-hop moves courtesy of Rich and Tone Talauega.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
At one point, Dulaine takes the students to his studio and they look up at the mirrored disco ball glittering above the dance floor. "Corny, but cool," says one of the sweathogs. My feelings about the film precisely.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The movie's best moments are between Banderas and the kids. When the plot shifts to reveal the students' back stories (one has a prostitute mother, another a drunken father), the story becomes a melodramatic rehash of other movies, like "Fame" or "Rent."
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Things hold together longer than they would have without Banderas' commanding, committed performance.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie partners all the cliches of the inner-city school drama with the cliches of the dance instructional, and the two keep stomping on each other's toes.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
An energetic young cast, consisting of a mix of professional dancers and actors who do convincing imitations of Arthur Murray graduates, is positively inspired in numbers combining traditional ballroom steps with hip-hop.
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33

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Antonio Banderas is a charming and talented man, but in Take the Lead he lays on the old-world panache so thick - the accent, the flowery courtliness, the romance of romance - that he comes off like Dracula's metrosexual cousin.
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55 out of 100
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