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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 to become a world-renowned ballet dancer. Through breathtaking talent and sheer determination, Li makes his way to the United States, but when he falls in love with an American woman, he must risk everything to remain in the land of the free. Helmed by two-time Oscar® Nominee Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy and Tender Mercies), MAO’S LAST DANCER will stir your soul and leave you cheering!
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 74
- Fresh: 41
- Rotten: 33
- Average Rating: 6.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The final image -- a freeze frame of a pas de deux staged to resemble a triumphal Communist poster -- perfectly captures the film's overall effect: it's strenuously brainless.
Fresh: Feel-good movie about a Chinese dancer presses all the right buttons.
Rotten: The most interesting elements of Li's story -- dance, politics, and the politics of dance -- have been dulled from their source material, though not beyond recognition.
Fresh: The film celebrates artistic freedom without preaching a sermon, and often flies when Mr. Chi is on screen. When he is on stage, spinning and leaping to the strains of magnificent music, the film soars.
Breathtaking ballet with a dash of history mixed in! It's wonderful to see stories like this!
It seems good
Beautiful.cheerful.great china history.No human rights.
Wonderful film, I just wish it would have shown more of things the book, which was amazing, covered. Overall very good! :)
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2009
- © 2009 Last Dancer Pty Ltd and Screen Australia. All Rigts Reserved.