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Take the Lead


Genre :

Musical, Drama, Family

Release Date :

April 07, 2006

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Liz Friedlander

Starring :

Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Alfre Woodard, Dante Basco, Jenna Dewan, Elijah Kelley, Lauren Collins, Marcus T. Paulk, Yaya DaCosta, Laura Benanti

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

2 of 5

“..struggles to be hard-hitting and profound as well as accessible..”
by David Mercier [FilmJudge]
3.5 of 5

“..heavy on Hollywood cliches but light on insight..”
by Calvin Wilson [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
4 of 5

“..energetic and well-intended enough to take the lead over the lesser high-school life story..”
by Stan Urankar [Sun Newspapers of Cleveland]
3 of 4

“..delivers on its promise and never feels pandering..”
by Jeremiah Kipp [Slant Magazine]
“..considerably more energetic than the anemic Richard Gere-Jennifer Lopez version of "Shall We Dance?"..”
by Michael Rechtshaffen [The Hollywood Reporter]
4 of 5

“..boasts the giddy enthusiasm of an old MGM musical..”
by Randy Cordova [The Arizona Republic]
“..an unabashed crowd pleaser that gets the job done..”
by Steve Schneider [Orlando Weekly]
9 of 10

“..an engaging mentorship movie that rarely veers into sappiness, and is enlivened by dazzling dancing throughout..”
by Layla Voll [Comingsonn]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Peter Sobczynski [eFilmCritic]
4 of 5
Reviewed by [E! Online]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by William Arnold [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Sean O'Connell [Filmcritic]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Carol Cling [Las Vegas Review-Journal]
3 of 5
Reviewed by Mark Keizer [Boxoffice Magazine]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Ed Blank [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Sara M. Fetters [MovieFreak]
3 of 5
Reviewed by Keith Phipps [The Onion A.V. Club]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Mack Bates [The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Eric Lurio [Entertainment Insiders]
2.5 of 5
Reviewed by Marc Savlov [Austin Chronicle]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Jeff Vice [Deseret News, Salt Lake City]
2.5 of 5
Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Jane Vranish [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Kim Morgan [Reel]
2 of 4
Reviewed by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
Reviewed by Ken Eisner [Georgia Straight]
Reviewed by MaryAnn Johanson [The Flick Filosopher]
Reviewed by Bret McCabe [Baltimore City Paper]
Reviewed by Jean Lowerison [San Diego Metropolitan]

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“..this is one of those movies that's not very good but not so offensively bad that I regret ever seeing it. No doubt, it's also something I probably won't remember in a week..”
by Brian Oliver [The Movieman]


“..like a counterfeit handbag: It looks great but falls apart when you reach into it..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..thoroughly predictable, and despite an original setup, the movie never rouses the emotions..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]


“..the stories are horrifying, but essential to hear..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..a horror movie with an anti-globalist bent that's more interesting than its halfhearted scares..”
by Sara Stewart [New York Post]


“..delivering a highly stylized widescreen revenge picture loaded with weapons and driven entirely by "superficial action"..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]


“..the film isn't particularly convincing either as a rousing anthology of bloodsport set pieces or a deeply felt portrait of revenge and reunion..”
by Vadim Rizov [A.V. Club]

'71 :

“..the hard-charging debut feature from TV director Yann Demange, makes us live every vivid, violent moment with him, the threat of death lurking at every turn..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]


“..undoubtedly a remarkable achievement, especially for a first-time filmmaker..”
by Jordan Hoffman [Film.com]


“..still, "The Lazarus Effect," clocking in at a brief 86 minutes, doesn't go far enough, isn't scary enough and has mad scientists who just aren't mad enough..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]