Take the Lead Synopsis
Ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine teaches street-wise students at a New York school.
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated PG-13 | For thematic material, language and some violence
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ NYC high schoolers saved by ballroom dancing.
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