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A Ballerina's Tale

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Nelson George

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About the Movie

Iconic ballerina Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer of the legendary American Ballet Theater. Get the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of how she overcame a tumultuous upbringing and near career-ending injuries to become one of the most revered dancers of her generation. More than just a ballet success story, Copeland's journey is a hugely inspirational, universal tale of perseverance.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 17
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The part of [Ms. Copeland's] story that "A Ballerina's Tale" reveals best is the role of a group of successful older black women who took her under their wings and helped her feel less alone. This ballerina's tale is also theirs. – Brian Seibert, New York Times, Oct 13, 2015

Rotten: A worthy story gets flat-footed treatment in Nelson George's portrait of ballerina Misty Copeland. – Scott Tobias, Variety, Oct 18, 2015

Fresh: A Ballerina's Tale is far from an exhaustive or even complete documentary, but George... captures the behind-the-scenes grit required of any great artist while also making it clear why this artist is more important than most. – Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, Feb 8, 2016

Fresh: In A Ballerina's Tale, director Nelson George paints a moving portrait of Copeland that underscores her triumphs over bodily and historical limitations. – Amy Brady, Village Voice, Oct 13, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Amazing documentary

Amazing first hand account of history being made as it happens. Loved all of the achieved women of color that appeared to contribute to the telling of Ms. Copeland's story. A must see for any young dancer. Truly inspirational.

Inspiring, Informative story for people of all ages...

Just watched this film at IFC on opening night in New York City. The crowd ranged from the young, hip urban set, to senior citizens to five-year olds. Men and Women. People of all races. Misty’s story will touch what it means to be human inside of you.

A Ballerina’s Tale gives you a look inside the impossible, competitive world of classical dance and how so very few make it to the top, let alone black ballerinas. After a seeming career ending injury, the documentary traces Misty’s comeback and return to the stage. (Her leg still hurts a little she told the crowd afterwards)!

This documentary is well worth your time.

A God Send!!!

Watched it twice.. Made me emotional, educated me and changed me.... My prayer is that God continues to lead and guide you! I think him for you.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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