Center Stage (2000) - Drama, Music, Romance

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A group of 12 teenagers from various backgrounds enroll at the American Ballet Academy in New York to make it as ballet dancers and each one deals with the problems and stress of training and getting ahead in the world of dance.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Stars: Amanda Schull, Ethan Stiefel
Length: 115 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 25 out of 212 found boring (11.79%)

One-line Reviews (94)

Entertaining, for what it is...

Another boring ballet film .

What surprised me, however, was what most people here are qualifiying as a predictable plotline.

To me, this is more than a cliche, it's a realistic look at life.

perhaps the frequent teen movie conceit of a girl reaching for her dreams, or the setbacks along the way, or perhaps the way in which it was completely predictable, creating a movie that is almost comforting.

It's a really enjoyable sequence, in no small part because the other class members are FANTASTIC dancers (Real non-company classes rarely include more than 2 dancers of the caliber of this entire class.

The dancing is superb & thrilling.

My recommendation is if you don't fit the target audience profile (female 12-16), you should save your money and wait for this movie to come to cable (to check out the dance scenes).

A lot of the individual scenes are quite realistic, but the end of the movie is completely contrived and way too-perfect.

This is like THE very best movie, it's cute and entertaining, I'm a dancer myself and watching this movie was inspiring, I'm sure that it would be for many other people!!

I'm glad I did, though, because it was very entertaining.

Films in which ballet dancing is the main focus have always bored me and this 2000 Columbia Pictures release just may rank as the biggest snoozefest in the entire genre.

Don't waste your time or money .

I was glad that everyone who walked out of the theatre was smiling.

What an enjoyable film!

It's worth watching once.

The choreography is splendid and gripping.

The tone is mostly upbeat, thestructure formulaic.

The reviewers who think this is either The Best or The Worst movie they've ever seen are equally mistaken.

I guess if you're a 12-16 year old girl (like most of the audience was), and this was the first movie of its type you'd ever seen, you might find it fresh and fascinating.

Good movie, good dancing, enjoyable, some good lessons learned .

If you can get past the saccharin elements, you will discover an enjoyable film.

exciting dancing fresh look .

Center Stage cobbles together some of the best elementsof Fame, The Turning Point, Flashdance, and Dirty Dancing, so it feels very homogenized and predictable.

Mocking a film like this can indeed be an enjoyable experience!

The plot and acting are very contrived.

The dance numbers are music complelty give the movie a fresh/fast paced flavor.

Just plain entertaining.

A waste of time .

The writers who hammered together this script must have attended the school for cliche.

The plot and characters were believable, though somewhat formulaic.

) Aside from that, the storyline is rather unbelievable, and contrived.

I rented Center Stage some time again and truly enjoyed it.

The acting and storyline was not strong, but I think the dancing was the focal point of this film and this is what made it so enjoyable.

So it may have been unrealistic, but still entertaining.

The plot is incredibly predictable.

I saw this film a few weeks ago on sky premier for the plain fact that I was INCREDIBLY bored.

Leading up to that point, however, the filmgoer is treated to a duel of spectacular leaps, a fairly compelling Romeo and Juliet, and standard classroom scenes.

I watched parts of this movie on the TV once and enjoyed it very much.

The final production number is especially entertaining in the way it merges ballet with modern dance, gives Schull a chance to shine in the spotlight and allows Stiefel and fellow ballet prodigy Sascha Redetsky ample scope to show off their athletic, acrobatic leaps and spins.

Entertaining dance scenes not enough to rescue trite script .

I tried to go with an open mind, and I expected the film to build to a highly-charged and emotional performance.

So, in my opinion, Center Stage is a movie not just for those interested in the world of dance (although of course these people would complete a large chunk of the audience) but a film for those who enjoy easy going, predictable, warm, teen movies.

I didn't even know about this movie, until a few days when i saw an empty DVD package a local thrift store - Goodwill.

it wasn't as good as I expected but some scenes were really interesting and exciting, others were just plain slow and boring.

I found Peter Gallaagher believable as the egotistical dance company's artistic director and the young dancers are very engaging as well.

Despite its problems, however, Center Stage is a very enjoyable and watch-able film.

In reality, this is one of the worst movies I've ever seen; a cliché-ridden mess from start to finish.

The plot may be cliche, and the characters predictable.

The "grand finale" dance number was, in my opinion, very disappointing, with numerous pointless sexual overtones and moments that appeared to be nothing other than titillation.

The end isn't mushy or anything, but takes a more unexpected turn.

This movie is great and I would put it in the league of Cutting Edge, Grease 2 and Showgirls (all movies that did not tax the brain, but were enjoyable just the same).

This is by far the worst movie I have ever seen in my life.

It is boring and so predictable.

I found it light, entertaining, and the cast of new faces, very refreshing.

Fantastic, thrilling and beautiful.

i really enjoyed it.

I have a habit of selecting teen movies with dance sequences, with fluffy story lines and predictable endings.

CENTER STAGE **** Engaging modern-day musical about the meeting of various ballerinas (both male and female) at a particular ballet school where they attend, and how they respond to each other and the training they undertake.

Unless you are a total dance fanatic and don't care anything about believable plots, character development, or good acting, then don't waste your time or money on this movie.

We are living in a world where disorders are engrossing both male and females of all ages.

I missed the first ten minutes and still enjoyed it.

The dance background is thoroughly enjoyable.

Those who just want an entertaining movie AND who care little for dance or what goes into it, may not like it.

This (very) late 20- something rates this movie an absolute "worth the watch.

The way that the story is partially acted out while the characters are doing impressive dance scenes is excellent, but a bit of cheesy acting late in the film as well as a disappointingly predictable ending take a lot away from it.

Every character, up to the anorexic ballet dancer, was a cheap cliche.

It could have been the amazing dancing by newcomers such as lead Amanda Schull, and the equally stunning choreography of the final dances.

The last half-hour or so is almost nothing but dancing, and even if the first part of the movie were boring (which it decidedly *isn't*!

We are given two terrific show-stopping performances, complete from beginning to end, by the young ballet dancers, back-to-back classical ballet and a modern dance treatment, thoroughly professional and enjoyable.

ballet is a major bore.

Center Stage is a formulaic teen-angst-romance-flick with a dance spin thrown into the mix.

I may be biased, since I am watching the second movie in as many days about a self-obsessed blonde dancer who believes her feelings are more important than anything else, but I found the main character hard to sympathize with and the rest of them really cliché.


the story was extremely predictable, the characters were cliches and I've seen better dancing.

It is predictable, shallow, and saccharine.

Entertaining, definitely!

That dancing was breathtaking and the plot was wonderful.

81%Other: Center Stage is bound to be an Oscar contender this year for its stunning sets and awesomely effective make-up.

I enjoyed it very much.

Director Nicholas Hytner ("The Object of my Affection") intersperses the weak dialogue with fresh dance sequences, making the movie that much more exciting for dance fans.

Jodie being upset, her parent's trying to talk her out of staying at the ballet school, much more emphasis being put on the weight story, weigh-ins where some of the girls put quarter rolls in there tights to add weight, and a much more intensive try-out with the competition really heating up between Maureen and Jodie for the lead in the end of the movie ballets....

I really enjoyed it.

However, this might be due to the script, which is banal and sappy when it's not dealing with the dancing.

I guess I am more into the whole slow and authentic style.

The dancing sequences were breathtaking!

All in all, while no Academy Awards are in the future of this film, it's a very enjoyable way to spend two hours.

Center Stage was a fun dance movie that is very entertaining and enjoyable, it isn't one of those boring dance movies that start out slow and end slow.

Not at all the classical stuff that ballet is known for, but an exciting drama.

The movie follows her life and that of her friends and fellow students, who fall into the predictable stereotypes.

That movie was so dull, the storyline was weak.

Only three girls and three guys will make it out of all of them, and expected people are asked to join and unexpected people turn the down the offer to join.

Overall, this film is highly enjoyable because of the dancing and the behind the scenes look at tough profession that doesn't get enough credit.

I would suggest instead of seeing this movie, save your money and attend a local ballet and if you really insist on seeing this film wait until it's on tape