Ballet fans can bask in the wide-shot dance sequences, with stunningly staged renditions of Swan Lake and The Rite of Spring.
- Janet Smith, GEORGIA STRAIGHT
Beresford keeps the camera, and the audience, fluidly engaged in the film's central, athletic aestheticism... he succeeds in fashioning a moving memoir into a thrilling movie.
- Colin Fraser, FILM INK
Late in his career, Bruce Beresford has delivered one of his best movies.
- TIME OUT SIDNEY
Beautiful and compelling...Ballet has never looked so darn sumptuous and appealing!
- Bruce DeMara, TORONTO STAR
- Rebecca J. Ritzel, THE WASHINGTON POST
Mao's Last Dancer is a masterpiece! A feel-good film bursting with courage, energy and overwhelming inspiration... the highly charged emotional finale will leave you cheering.
- Rex Reed, THE NEW YORK OBSERVER
A treat to watch.
- Joe Morgenstern, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Spectacular dancing and music!
- Maria Puente, USA TODAY