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Center Stage Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    52

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    It's so predictable, you can set your watch to when the bulimic will sneak away to the bathroom.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    As a Balanchine-like martinet, Peter Gallagher is a hoot, whispering to his minions about good and bad feet.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie uses the materials of melodrama, but is gentle with them; it's oriented more in the real world, and doesn't jack up every conflict and love story into an overwrought crisis.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Although the film's ending is a little too neat and happy to be realistic, it does leave you with the feeling of young girls taking charge of their lives.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Melodramatic, a bit racy -- some teens will love.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that one dancer collapses in tears from an injury. The movie depicts the intense pressure that women dancers are under to achieve an ideal body type; no mention is made of the similar pressures that afflict their male colleagues. One of the male dancers is gay. The star ballerina is under plenty of parental pressure and suffers from bulimia. The head of the ballet school married one of his students (despite a substantial age gap). One f-word and some mild bathroom and sexual language. Jodie and her under-age buddies go out drinking and end up with serious hangovers (a "problem" that's played for laughs). Many of the dancers smoke. Maureen's mom pushes her constantly to "be the best." Jodie has sex with the male star dancer, who sleeps around. A Russian student dances torridly with an older woman he picks up in a salsa club. An off-color joke about a mouse having its way with an elephant is lame and unnecessary. A sexual pas-de-deux involves some writhing around on a bed, and Jodi strips down to a costume that looks like a bra and panties.

  • Families can talk about the high-pressure life of a professional dancer.

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie depicts the intense pressure that women dancers are under to achieve an ideal body type; no mention is made of the similar pressures that afflict their male colleagues. One of the male dancers is gay. An off-color joke about a mouse having its way with an elephant is lame and unnecessary.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: One dancer collapses in tears from an injury.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Jodie has sex with the male star dancer, who sleeps around. A Russian student dances torridly with an older woman he picks up in a salsa club. A sexual pas-de-deux involves some writhing around on a bed, and Jodi strips down to a costume that looks like a bra and panties.

  • language false3

    Language: One f-word and some mild bathroom and sexual language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Jodie and her under-age buddies go out drinking and end up with serious hangovers (a "problem" that's played for laughs). Many of the dancers smoke.

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