“ If you don't mind the fact that the plot will not stand a close examination (one character disappears for twelve years without explanation, before returning, but no one finds that odd), and if you are willing to watch a film for its fairtytale qualities and sparkle, then you will find this most enjoyable and well done.
“Looking great and an absorbing treat for all the family, 'Ballet Shoes' is a real Christmas coup and success for the BBC.
“ This film is very intense,romantic and Powerfully acted.
“ there is a high probability that you'll be falling asleep even if you're going to watch at noon for goodness sake.
“ This is why the film feels dull in several parts.
“and terribly boring.
“ The problem with Ballet Shoes is that it feels uneventful.
“ Listings names such as Emilia Fox and Richard Griffiths as well as British stage stalwarts, the programme instantly glared of lazy and pretentious direction.
“On the bright side, the story Streatfeild originally conceived preserves all of its loveliness on screen and is almost the perfect viewing choice for a rainy Sunday afternoon, a genuine feel-good flick with a considerable number of exciting actors and actresses in it.
“ Yasmin Page was very intense as Petrova and appeared very thoughtful and intelligent.
“The only big change that did not overly bother me, that I in fact quite liked, was Mr Simpson being a widower, and his slow burn relationship with Sylvia (Garnie).
“ Rather than engaging its readers to watch the film due to, for example, an unresolved tension, it sweeps the readers in one path and lets them engages themselves with the film.
“ This was a fairly enjoyable adaptation of Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes.
“ they seemed so..so i boring and they simply didn't have any depth to them.
“ The film on the whole is family friendly, and if you're not very familiar with the book, it should be quite enjoyable.
“ (Poor Mr Simpson loses his wife and comfortable middle-class lifestyle as a planter in Malaya, and becomes a tragic figure born into deepest poverty; the theme of the children's own poverty is excised -- confusing and largely obliterating the Winifred plot line -- and replaced by the device of inflicting Sylvia with tuberculosis as a requirement for earning money; Theo Dane becomes an ageing man-mad flapper; Posy's various nude impersonations (which I wouldn't expect to be kept in) are instead supplanted by the two older girls playing a gratuitous nude scene in a shared bath; the Hollywood director is improbably black; etc.) The production is clumsily 'period' in a way that the original story never is, trying far too hard to establish its setting by shoe-horning in props and references in the manner of a bad historical novel.
“ The adaptation does look lovely, with some stunning costumes and some nice locations.
“ Overall I thought an enjoyable, CLEAN, family film.