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Mao's Last Dancer

  • Rated PG


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

Audience Reviews

3 stars

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

4 stars

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

1 star

Oh my god, this is such a bad, melodramatic movie. I wanted to watch this because I thought it was a documentary, but Mao's Last Dancer couldn't be further from that.

- jennifxu, Friday, April 29, 2011