Mao's Last Dancer

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User review rating: 5 October 09, 2012

inspiring film & story & fantastic dance scenes

User review rating: 4 December 23, 2010

Very touching and inspiring story

User review rating: 5 December 19, 2010

This was such a beautiful movie. I love true stories and cultural exchanges and this was definitely that. But the inspiring determination of the boy was the highlight of the film and his raw innocence when he arrives in the U.S.A.

User review rating: 3 December 08, 2010

Great artistry and well done movie.

User review rating: 4 October 08, 2010

Brought history to life and the dancing was superb. Was a bit distracted by Bruce Greenwood's accent, but it may be because I've seen him in other films as my friends didn't have a problem.

User review rating: 5 October 07, 2010

Wonderful...a movie with a warm heart.

User review rating: 5 September 28, 2010

enjoyably!

User review rating: 4 September 26, 2010

Excellent and glad to see it getting good recognition from most outlets ^

User review rating: 4 September 25, 2010

Love seeing a good movie about a real story! Loved the characters, the scenery and of course the dance. Enjoyed every minute!

User review rating: 3 September 21, 2010

Very gripping.

User review rating: 4 September 07, 2010

Amazingly beautiful.

User review rating: 4 September 06, 2010

This is a very powerful movie with beautiful dancing. Although the politics have a bit of a Western bias, the journey and ultimate outcome of the protagonist is one that cannot be missed.

User review rating: 4 August 26, 2010

Although films generally pale in comparison to the books(read it; saw it)this film touches upon the "right notes" to feel for its protagonist. Not hard on the eyes either!

User review rating: 4 August 17, 2010

Touching and compelling story, well-acted

User review rating: 4 August 16, 2010

A truly wonderful experience which is an example of the old cliche about rags to riches.The human element is strong as we watch the trials and triumphs of Li as he struggles to attain personal and creative freedoms in his new milieu ,all the while never losing sight of his origins. Well-acted by the cast(many of whom are unknowns) and peerlessly photographed. Die Fledermaus is most creatively mounted. Rich,rewarding-even for those who are not particularly interested in the ballet.

User review rating: 5 August 14, 2010

FOR A SELECT AUDIENCE. SUPERB, IF YOU KNOW BALLET. INSPIRATION FOR ALL. SHOWS BRAVERY TO STAND UP FOR YOURSELF. LUCKILY THINGS WORK OUT FOR BETTER. TIMING IS EVERYTHING. HIS FAMILY WOULD NOT HAVE FARED AS WELL TWENTY YR EARLIER.

User review rating: 5 August 13, 2010

I loved the scenery, the dancing, the music and the human connection in this movie. Very special.

User review rating: 5 August 12, 2010

Wonderful movie, loved the acting, music.

User review rating: 4 August 05, 2010

Enjoyed the movie...believable!

User review rating: 4 July 30, 2010

A bit predictable

User review rating: 5 July 29, 2010

Loved this movie -- so well done. A keeper for lovers of dance movies.

User review rating: 3 July 27, 2010

A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. Two years later, he managed to defect and went on to perform as a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet.

User review rating: 2 July 22, 2010

Although this is an intriguing and inspiring story, the acting and the dialogue failed to move me; the dancing was superb but I did not connect with the characters....I read the book first and it had a much stronger impact.

User review rating: 4 July 22, 2010

A great story.

User review rating: 3 July 20, 2010

An excellent movie, with really really good performances.

User review rating: 3 July 16, 2010

Very touching, beautiful movie. Very well done.

User review rating: 4 July 15, 2010

touching and entertaining

User review rating: 4 July 14, 2010

Wonderful scenes of dancing and a great historical movie.

User review rating: 4 July 11, 2010

An interesting biographical piece though I'm not keen on modern ballet.

User review rating: 4 July 08, 2010

interesting engaging story

User review rating: 5 July 05, 2010

An important movie. A must see.

User review rating: 5 July 04, 2010

awesome movie!

User review rating: 5 July 04, 2010

beautiful

User review rating: 5 June 26, 2010

A poignant film which magnifies the political influence on the lifestyle of the people of communist China as well as on the people of democratic America. The power of one's family cannot be denied. The dance was magnificant, the music melodic to the ears, and the acting stupendous. Hats off to Bruce Beresford- FANTASTIC as Li Cunxin would say.

User review rating: 5 June 14, 2010

It was a very heart-touching, yet a political film. A must-see...

User review rating: 5 May 24, 2010

Beautiful

User review rating: 5 May 23, 2010

A great combination - true story, great dancing, absolutely fabulous music, and terrific acting, particularly Bruce Greenwood! Don't miss this movie. Topnotch directing, scenery and script. Fantastic Evening!!!

User review rating: 5 May 18, 2010

This is an AWESOME movie! it's about as good as it gets...true story, ballet, foreign diplomacy, romance. The BEST dance movie I've ever seen, except possibly, "Flashdance"! This one's a sleeper and not to be missed!

User review rating: 4 May 15, 2010

This is a wonderful movie, great acting and a story that, with many flash backs, is easy to follow. Canadian Bruce Greenwood is terrific.

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