Billy Elliot 2000

Critics score:
85 / 100

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Ebert & Roeper: Read more

Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News: Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: A model of purposefulness; a movie rich, but not lost, in background detail and fair-minded in its account of Thatcherite woes to the working class. Read more

John Hartl, Seattle Times: Jamie Bell, the irrepressible child actor who plays him, communicates a sense of urgency in the role that commands attention. Read more

Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News: It's not often that you overhear someone say with real feeling after the credits have rolled: 'That was a wonderful movie.' Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Real and consequential. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: Read more

Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: One of those rare movies that earns its feel-good ending without turning a blind eye to the compromises and little sorrows of everyday life. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Not trusting the audience to have any reaction that has not been completely stage-managed, [Hall and Daldry] lay on the sentimentality and the cliches as thick as they can, which is pretty thick. Read more

Paul Tatara, Bravo! to everyone involved. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: An indelible portrait of its time and place. And you can dance to it. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: [Bell] makes Billy the angelic urchin joyous in a streetwise, unphony way, and his dancing, which fuses classical ballet rigor with a loose jointed pop showmanship, is electric. Read more

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Houston Chronicle: Even if the story is sometimes too sweet to be true, we go out of the theater feeling good. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Neither revolutionary in its approach or subject matter nor seamless in its storytelling, Billy Elliot nevertheless manages to sketch the lives of characters we come to care about. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Julie Walters ... is spirited and colorful as the ballet teacher, and Gary Lewis is somehow convincing as the dad even when the screenplay requires him to make big offscreen swings of position. Read more

Mary Elizabeth Williams, A surprisingly wise and funny meditation on the nature of what it truly means to be a man. Read more

Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle: People who see it may feel like dancing out of the theater afterward. Go for it. Read more

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Leslie Camhi, Village Voice: By setting this intimate conflict against a wider social drama, Daldry makes his portrait of a dancer all the more compelling. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: It demands love, which is the best way not to get it. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: There's actually a lot going on in this little movie, and first-time feature director Stephen Daldry ... handles all of it deftly. Read more