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Billy Elliot

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United Kingdom, France · 2000
Rated PG-13 · 1h 50m
Director Stephen Daldry
Starring Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven
Genre Drama, Comedy, Music

A coal miner's eleven-year-old son discovers a love of ballet and subsequently abandons his boxing lessons. After his dance teacher observes his raw talent, together she and Billy set out to gain him admission to the Royal Ballet Academy despite naysayers and financial hardship.

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Slate by David Edelstein

There's too much miserable reality and not a lot of transcendent dance, and the director, Stephen Daldry, doesn't cover the action from enough angles.


Boston Globe by Jay Carr

Bell is utterly persuasive as the boy literally yearning to leap beyond the oppressively apparent confines of his world.


New York Post by Jonathan Foreman

An uplifting, crowd-pleasing film in the tradition of "The Full Monty" that could easily win Oscar nominations for both its 11-year-old star, Jamie Bell, and first-time director, Stephen Daldry.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

In its determination to overdo sure-fire material, Billy Elliot becomes as impossible to wholeheartedly embrace as it is to completely reject.


Miami Herald by Rene Rodriguez

Compared to manipulative tearjerkers like "Pay It Forward" or "Men of Honor," Billy Elliot is a model of restraint, one that earns its warmth the hard way -- by making us care about the people who are going through familiar steps.


Portland Oregonian by Shawn Levy

An exquisite, ecstatic film, crude in its characterizations and plotting, yes, but extraordinary in its capacity for elation and its hard-earned sentimentality.

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