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Ballet Shoes

  • Rated PG

independent, special interest

Harry Potter's Emma Watson and BAFTA Award-winner Victoria Wood star in a spectacular drama about realizing your dreams. The story of three orphan girls (Pauline, Petrova and Posy), adopted by an eccentric explorer and his niece in 1930s London.

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common sense

ON for kids age 8
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
0 out of 5

Sisters learn value of love, work, and sacrifice.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that for children interested in the performing arts, this family-friendly movie and its emphasis on a rigid training regimen as a road to sure success will be appealing. A loving family comprising three girls adopted from around the world and their guardian and nanny is depicted, working together to overcome tough economic times in Britain in the 1930s. One child runs away but returns without harm. Expect plenty of era-appropriate smoking as well.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the sacrifices that each family member makes when they begin to run short on money. Which character sacrifices the most? Which of the three sisters do you like the best, and why? What do you think happened to Pauline, Petrova, and Pansy after the movie story ends?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 5
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: While watching 'Ballet Shoes,' I felt like a time machine had transported me to London in the 1930s, then set me in the midst of this wonderful humanistic story.

- Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: It's a caloric helping of melodrama, but it's rendered effective by the exceptional performances and observant direction by the vastly talented Sandra Goldbacher.

- Brian Orndorf,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: A] pleasant if uninspired adaptation of Noel Streatfeild's children's classic.

- Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal, Friday, August 29, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Minor film which wastes its time on three uninteresting main characters when the supporting cast is filled with far more worthy people.

- jjnxn, Friday, February 26, 2010

3 stars

Cute little family film. Pretty sweet and a little quirky.

- MeetMeinMontauk, Thursday, December 31, 2009

4 stars

It was good largely because of Emma Watson. The cast is pretty good all around, though. My main quibble was that the end was so abrupt. The style and set pieces were great and helped the movie alot.

- jlewis07, Monday, November 10, 2008