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Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

2000
Drama
Music
1h 50m
The life of 11-year old Billy Elliot (Bell), a coal miner's son in Northern England, is forever changed one day when he stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. (Universal Focus)
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Billy Elliot

2000
Drama
Music
1h 50m
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Rated 16 Oct 2009
50
7th
NO SON OF MINE'S DOING NO POOFY DANCING
Rated 02 Jan 2008
80
60th
Funny, charming and a great feel-good movie. Packed with some excellent performances notably from Julie Walters. Gritty and well observed characterisations marry well with a dynamic soundtrack and some stunning dance routines. If you've seen the stage production you wont be disappointed with the big screen version.
Rated 17 Oct 2018
58
61st
okay movie
Rated 19 Dec 2008
65
25th
To be honest, this movie can be well/awwarded, and appreciated as an excelen one. personally, i found it quite boring.
Rated 06 Mar 2009
78
84th
very good
Rated 03 Apr 2021
55
24th
Dunno if it's the Britishness, poor filmmaking, or just me, but there are a lot of unnatural editing and dialogue choices. Hard to get a grasp on characters until the second half.
Rated 16 Jan 2011
70
77th
I wasn't sure what to expect with Billy Elliot, but I got out of it more than I had hoped for. It was a charming film, full of emotional highs and lows, brought out by some excellent acting. It's far funnier than I thought it would be, and these comedic moments help drive home the emotional depth the rest of the film has. It's an inspiring story of an 11-year-old child and his love of dance, one that will leave you feeling good about life.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
92nd
This movie makes me so happy! I love the soundtrack as well - T. Rex out the wazoo plus a touch of the Clash. Great.
Rated 01 Feb 2009
100
94th
Great music, super acting, touching story.
Rated 06 Jun 2007
75
50th
A bit slow going, but the second half makes the movie worth sitting through. Actually, just seeing the dad's reaction to various events and actions by Billy make the movie worth sitting through.
Rated 06 Nov 2009
80
70th
Muy Buena
Rated 17 Jul 2020
78
55th
Carefully contrived crowd-pleaser is predictable to a fault (with not a moment where you can't hear the gears turning), but Hall's screenplay is nimble enough to give new spins on old tropes (the "turnaround of the disapproving parent" arc is executed particularly well). You really can't go wrong with this sort of underdog story; Bell is a charmingly unpolished lead and Walters makes the most of an underwritten supporting bit. Neither the best or worst of its type, but still entertaining.
Rated 23 Aug 2015
70
53rd
I quite liked it
Rated 13 Jun 2009
80
91st
Wonderful drama with wonderful acting. That last scene gives me goosebumps. The actor playing the dad is one of my favorite british actors, I recommend Boy X as a film to watch next.
Rated 18 Feb 2018
60
31st
He dances cause he wants to and grows up to be in the SAS.
Rated 22 Dec 2013
85
65th
Billy Elliot is a charming movie that can evoke both laughter and tears.
Rated 08 May 2019
61
3rd
boring unrealistic
Rated 11 Jul 2008
58
28th
Surprisingly engaging family movie. He dances like an idiot...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
63rd
Great movie, touching and entertaining. Daldry's inspired debut in movies is simply delightfull
Rated 21 Sep 2009
65
53rd
i can only imagine my dad if i traded my boxing gloves for ballet slippers
Rated 22 Jan 2008
40
33rd
Gay.
Rated 14 Apr 2019
78
58th
A predictable and formulaic feel-good Hollywood film, but a well-made one at that. The characters are well-developed, making Billy a flawed, but completely relatable hero; as is its world, with its sociopolitical backdrop and commentary giving the film a level of depth that elevates it above mediocrity. And the dancing! The dancing is just so exuberant and joyful that its hard not to also feel the same "electricity" that Billy does when he dances.
Rated 03 Feb 2011
25
34th
it alright i guess
Rated 29 May 2018
60
24th
Probably a really good movie. I couldn't get into it because I was forced to watch it in school during my most annoying teenage rebellion phase.
Rated 04 Feb 2007
80
77th
Simply great.
Rated 11 Jan 2012
66
79th
An excellent, inspirational movie that wonderfully mixes the storyline with the social context and the music. For my money, it's better on the dramatic points than the musical version.
Rated 30 Oct 2008
68
43rd
This is your typical british feel good movie. All the cast are good in their roles and the director really seemed to get the best out of them and included the right amount of dry humour to carry the film along with the details and hardships with went along with the Miners strikes
Rated 14 Oct 2016
60
20th
I love T. Rex, and it was a cute story. The dance scenes are enjoyable, but it's ultimately a movie that left minimal impression.
Rated 29 Dec 2010
77
79th
(27-12-'10) Quite a moving drama about a young boy stumbling upon a ballet class which fascinates him much more than the boxing lessons his dad made him follow. But ballet is frowned upon in the mining community his family lives in... Wonderful performances of especially the boy and his father.
Rated 31 Aug 2010
56
77th
#00s(e)#, reviews
Rated 17 Jan 2012
70
38th
'Decent'
Rated 28 Dec 2008
100
97th
Unlike anything I have seen before! Love to dance and love movies about dancing. The father-son relationship is one of the most moving I have ever seen on the silver screen.
Rated 26 Oct 2007
70
81st
Really engaging and entertaining.
Rated 03 Dec 2010
55
39th
It's a cute film. I always like Ballet aesthethics. Too banal and kitch though.
Rated 20 Jan 2016
100
97th
It has all the contents of a great movie. It has hilarious and deep moments which happen in a tough background; family problems, lack of money, self discovering, oppression and consequences. The movie reflects innate talent and passion. An open minded perpective against an old- fashioned ideology of what a boy "must do"
Rated 24 Dec 2013
88
84th
i really liked this film!! it was a bit tough to understand their accent at first but you get used to it. the premise was really simple, but it was very well done!
Rated 10 Apr 2009
35
19th
By-the-numbers feel-good movie. The concluding moment makes clear that the filmmakers were sure of one thing: no way did they want to even consider showing any actual ballet throughout the movie (a decision that was not to the film's benefit). Overall, suffered from plot implausibilities (e.g., suddenly a tap expert), underdeveloped relationships (e.g., between Billy and the dance teacher's daughter), was rather sketchy, and was overly schmaltzy and predictable. A missed opportunity.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
86th
how come we can't make a movie like this in the US?
Rated 20 Mar 2024
85
59th
The first half of this film belongs to Jamie Bell, unsurprisingly. The latter belongs to Gary Lewis as his father. The film rides the line of predictability a little closely a little too often, but it doesn't make you wait long between moments that'll wrestle a grin out of you. Bonafide crowdpleaser.
Rated 15 Feb 2008
60
47th
A working-class schmoe in the UK decides he wants to be a ballet dancer. BFD
Rated 13 Oct 2008
83
81st
The sweetest movie ever.
Rated 24 Aug 2008
90
75th
This is such a good flick. Triumph over adversity of all sorts. Billy himself is an heroic figure. Does not deserve to be turned into yet another Broadway extravaganza.
Rated 31 Aug 2007
60
55th
Good
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
89th
Jamie Bell gives a charming debut performance as a boy torn between finding himself and wanting to fit in and please others. I've watched Billy Elliot multiple times and always enjoy it and am inspired by it. Julie Walters in a fantastic turn as the ballet teacher who pushes Billy to reach his potential.
Rated 03 Oct 2013
83
75th
82.500
Rated 28 Aug 2008
87
90th
Great movie, everytime I see it I am full with tears at the end.
Rated 26 Jan 2009
70
54th
Overrated but has its moments.
Rated 20 Oct 2007
20
10th
One of those movies which is clearly supposed to make your heart sing with joy. Whatever.
Rated 06 Jan 2011
60
58th
ger; [billy elliot]; ein junge aus einem bergbaugebiet lernt das ballet während eines boxunterrichts kennen und lieben.; {original rating 20110106: 50};
Rated 16 Mar 2013
0
6th
Overt propaganda of satanism and homosexualism. Although the dancing is great.
Rated 10 Mar 2012
50
33rd
Daldry's debut is a schematic, obtuse yet moving piece of ballet drama. Most of the time, it feels like a visually attractive, but poorly scripted alegory of UK's rough days under Thatcher's administration. In the second half, the director shows the weakness that would ruin some of his following films: an intense desire to make the audiences burst into tears.
Rated 06 Aug 2021
75
59th
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Rated 31 Jul 2009
80
55th
This was a very heartwarming and excellently made film. Great acting and script. Also has good rewatchability.
Rated 11 Dec 2007
75
50th
Not a bad movie, but the way it's trying to be touching is pretty awkward and the predictable ending and many weak attempts at humor keep it far from perfection. A pity.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
60th
Great drama, with a great soundtrack packed with some T. Rex songs.
Rated 21 Jan 2009
5
3rd
Just NOT my cup of tea
Rated 31 Jul 2009
55
44th
Entertaining and heartfelt. But does nothing amazing.
Rated 08 Sep 2009
76
65th
A great film.
Rated 11 Oct 2011
86
89th
I really love this movie. It's sweet and compelling and that ending is just wauw. I always enjoy watching it
Rated 06 Dec 2006
80
64th
okulda. 7.sinif. turkce dersi.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
65
73rd
Good film.
Rated 26 Sep 2008
85
86th
Life is only one. Live it as better as you can, if you like something think in yourself, only yourself!
Rated 18 Aug 2007
90
91st
Heart-warming, uplifting, and hilarious! A beautiful film; you fall in love with the characters almost right away.
Rated 24 Aug 2023
85
74th
maybe overdoes the bleakness a bit (the piano chopping at christmas while billy watches on is almost funny at this point) but if you don't so much as shed a tear at the final scene then you're made of stone
Rated 24 Dec 2011
70
46th
Sweet run-of-the-mill inspirational story type stuff, but lowkey the cinematography rocks
Rated 23 Jul 2020
70
82nd
☆ I remember absolutely loving this movie. One of the earlier movies discussing gender identity and stereotypes, I think this is a really sweet and heartwarming flick. ☆
Rated 18 Jun 2009
80
62nd
A moving story of a coal mining community faced with hard times during a worker's strike. The focus is on one family's individual struggles. Father and eldest son are out of work, striking for higher wages and the youngest son is doing his best to take care of his declining grandmother and hide his love of dance from those who don't think ballet is for boys. The music is great and the film stresses that you don't have to be gay to enjoy dancing; but if someone does happen to be gay, its ok.
Rated 26 Apr 2016
83
86th
Can't really fault it. Great directing (back when we still did't have the camera on a wasp), dialogue, script, acting.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
89th
a movie with a lot of grace, loved it.
Rated 28 May 2013
71
56th
Cute, touching, slightly too cheesy for my taste. It was hard to sit through though, since I always felt the urge to jump up and move. Splendid acting by Jamie Bell as well as the rest of the cast.
Rated 04 Dec 2008
68
52nd
Novel and brilliantly written, if a little cliched. Good portrayal of the narrow mindedness of North East England.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
31st
cute film and enjoyable
Rated 12 May 2010
75
35th
very good movie about youth choices and frienship
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
83rd
Perfect. Just perfect.
Rated 22 Sep 2010
100
87th
Una película muy linda
Rated 26 Mar 2012
5
56th
Follows the path you expect it to, but it is so genuine it doesn't seem to matter.
Rated 11 Apr 2008
62
17th
re-watch

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