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Center Stage

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Follow a group of ballet students in the competitive world of professional dance where they must devote themselves to their art with the rigor of Olympic athletes.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    43%
  • Audience Score
    83%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Melodramatic, a bit racy -- some teens will love.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that one dancer collapses in tears from an injury. The movie depicts the intense pressure that women dancers are under to achieve an ideal body type; no mention is made of the similar pressures that afflict their male colleagues. One of the male dancers is gay. The star ballerina is under plenty of parental pressure and suffers from bulimia. The head of the ballet school married one of his students (despite a substantial age gap). One f-word and some mild bathroom and sexual language. Jodie and her under-age buddies go out drinking and end up with serious hangovers (a "problem" that's played for laughs). Many of the dancers smoke. Maureen's mom pushes her constantly to "be the best." Jodie has sex with the male star dancer, who sleeps around. A Russian student dances torridly with an older woman he picks up in a salsa club. An off-color joke about a mouse having its way with an elephant is lame and unnecessary. A sexual pas-de-deux involves some writhing around on a bed, and Jodi strips down to a costume that looks like a bra and panties.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the high-pressure life of a professional dancer.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    43%
    reviews counted: 16
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  • Audience

    83%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: In terms of story and characters, this film pirouettes into the orchestra pit.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: Unfortunately, in between the dance sequences, the actors are allowed to talk. This is a problem.

- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I like that this dance movie boasts several full-length performances of imaginative pieces, not just heavily cut snippets. Amanda Schull is a bit dull as an actress, and how does Jody know that Cooper won't recant his offer if she doesn't sleep with him? Zoe Saldana is brassy and tough.

- aliceinpunderland, Tuesday, July 27, 2010

4 stars

Love this movie. Anything that is about dancing I usually like and this movie was one of them.

- movieguru12, Sunday, April 5, 2009

4 stars

Re-rated from 5 stars to 4 1/2"Dance! Nothing left for me to do but dance! Got canned heat in my heels tonight yeah yeah!" JamiroquaiThe film is 1/4ths a theater ballet show, 1/2 individual and group dancing, and the rest of it takes you to each of the 3 students lives after getting in the ballet academy, all the while trying to exert their best efforts to be the right person to be selected to join the prestigious American Ballet Company. Dont be turned off with the movie poster and the plot, its actually a very beautiful movie. Ill just leave out my personal comments as to why I knocked off half a star for this film Directed by: Nicholas Hytner

- Gx7, Tuesday, December 23, 2008