Mao's Last Dancer
Based on an inspiring true story, this emotionally powerful crowd-pleaser emerged as one of the year's most talked about independent films. It's the fascinating and epic tale of Li Cunxin, a peasant boy from rural China who beats impossible odds.
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Top Critic Reviews
Rotten: Ballet star Li Cunxin's best-selling autobiography gets a curiously tepid treatment in this 2009 adaptation by director Bruce Beresford.
- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Friday, August 27, 2010
Fresh: Ballet has never looked so darn sumptuous and appealing.
- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: Quibbles aside, theres a lot to enjoy in the film; its very efficiently made, and though never totally inspiring, its eminently watchable.
- David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010
Not a repeat movie by any means. Some of the melodrama seemed over the top and out of place with his relationship with the girl.
- purplemegan, Friday, July 13, 2012
This is one of those must see based-on-a-true-story movies, even if you aren't into ballet. Beautiful. Entertaining. Inspiring.
- itsjustme2004, Sunday, August 21, 2011