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Center Stage: Friday May 12 , 2000

From Nicholas Hytner, the acclaimed director of The Madness of King George, The Crucible and The Object of My Affection, and Academy Award®-nominated producer Laurence Mark (Jerry Maguire, As Good As It Gets) comes CENTER STAGE, a drama with heart and energy that follows the hopes and dreams of a tight-knit group of young dance students as they try to make a name for themselves and become stars in the fiercely competitive world of professional dance.
Vibrant and supremely gifted, they are students who devote themselves to their art, sacrificing ordinary pleasures of life to train with the rigor of Olympic athletes. While experiencing the normal joys and sorrows, loves and conflicts of youth, they vie for a place in an ultra-selective professional dance company. Featuring a diverse musical palette-from Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jamiroquai- CENTER STAGE traces the story of these fresh-faced, talented friends as they strive to take their place center stage. © 2000  Columbia Tristar Interactive

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Points 75 50 38 50 53.25



53.25 - Go See At Matinee

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Rating System:

0 - 40 points

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40 - 65 points  Go See At Matinee
65- 85 points Worth Seeing
85-100 points Definitely worth seeing. "A must see!"


Nicholas Hytner 


Carol Heikkinen






Eion Bailey as
Peter Gallagher as
Ilia Kulik as
Susan May Pratt as

Running Time

1hr 53min


Rated PG-13: for language and some sensuality


Columbia Pictures


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 The People's Review of Center Stage

score = 100
Hi,I'm crystal from Pennsylvania..And I think that Centerstage definitely shows how much dancing can bring out the best in a person when its your passion!! I've danced for 13 years,so I know how Jodie felt when she thought she would never make it as a dancer.I'd feel the same way if I thought I'd never dance the way I wanted to..It just goes to show,that when you want something bad enough,stop at nothing until to get to the top!!! (and a sequel isn't a bad idea either)!!

score = 100
I think this was the best movie ever, It shows the kind of work that dancers really go through. and I dont know that much because I'm only on dance team which is very demanding, but I am taking some ballet and It is not easy. so I think that this moviewas a very good inperastion for all dancers,ever sence I seen center stage it made me want to work even harder. Besides sascha (charlie) was hot

score = 100
Hello My name is elisa and i am a very big fan of Sascha's (charlie). The movie had a good plot and an excellent conclusion! The reason I recomended this film is that it not only is a Motivation to all dancers and people, but that it's not a stupid Movie that was put out just for the money, even though that is a BIG reason. Some of the people that danced in Center Stage are really Dancers. For instance Sascha Radetsky is a real dancer at the ABT and zoe is someone that has danced for a little while. This movie is such a good movie for everyone that enjoy's watching movies that actually has a point to it then this is the movie to watch! Thankyou for giving me your attention.

score = 100
I would just like to say that whose I saw Center Stage I wanted to watch it again and again... that movie is such a great movie.. 1 more thing make an sequal to see what happens to Jodie and everyone else!
    Rccola1988 ( Rachel )

Ara Tillett
score = 100
Center Stage was awesome...I wouldn't even answer the phone while watching it!! 3 min into the movie i was interested and couldn't get my eyes of it! it is my all time favorite!! I have been a dancer since i was 2 years old and i love how it shows the strong determination and love for dance! It shows all the aspects that dancers have to go through and work up to. I have always dreamed of being in a place like that to go and dance! I would recommend it to anyone!! IT was the BEST!!!

score = 100
I absolutely loved this movie.  I think it managed to show ballet in a true light.  That it isn't always pretty, and that it is hard work.  It also managed to show that not everyone is bulimic or snobby.  Loved the love story and the dancing!!

score = 100
I thought this movie was excellent. Maybe this is just because I am a dancer, I know what they are talking about. Many people don't know what they're talking about at points throughout the movie which may ruin the effect of it. But still, I thought it was very good. Not to mention the actor who played Charlie was hot.

score = 100
The reason I believe this is a "Definitely worth seeing" is because I am a dancer, I thought it was the best movie I had ever seen, and I'm waiting for it to come out on video.  Personally, I think this would be hard to understand if your not a dancer, or dont know about the art.  This video was a great encouragement to me as a dancer, as I plan to continue in my dance career.  I can't put it in words how wonderful and encouraging this movie was.  Recently I have attended "The Nutcracker" by the American Ballet, it was wonderful too, now I understand what it's like to be dancing up on that stage!!!!!!!!!! I would give this movie 3 thumbs up! If I had 3 thumbs!

score = 90
I thought the movie was very good! I am a big time dancer and would love to do something like that in my life but the movie was inspiring for me. I did not like the character Cooper i thought Charlie was so cool, i wish i had a best friend like him but the ending was pretty bad. personally, i think it was dumb of Jody to go with Cooper, but that's me! But i did love the movie!! See it!

score = 90
I think this movie was great except the part with Jody and Charlie, te director should have had more romance b/t them. Make them kiss more in the end , and  show he audience wut will happen with their relationship in the future. I watched this movie about 6 months fer it was in the movies, and i still love it

score = 100
I Loved the movie!!!!!  I have rented the movie 3 times and I love it more every time I watch it.  I hope to get it for Christmas.  I recommend the movie to everyone.  As a dancer myself it made me feel like if I stick to working hard some day I can be as good.  I t inspired me to work harder for my goals.  Rush out and rent it if you can.  You wont be sorry I promise.

score = 100
This movie told it like it is. Dancers don't only have to be stonge physically but also emotionally.  I'm a dancer - I loved it!  My friends loved it & they don't dance.  Any guy out there who truly likes art will like this movie or atleast leave this movie with more respect for dancers. We work so hard & sometimes we just get pooped on. This movie really inspired me. Don't miss out - THIS MOVIE KICKED #*@!

score = 100
Awesome movie    I have been dancing since i was 2 (ballet mostly) and all the dancing in this movie was unbeileivably proffesional.  I RECCOMEND THIS MOVIE 2 NE 1.  GO OUT N' SEE IT NOW.  To the producer and director, and actors actresses GREAT JOB ON THE BEST (AND MY FAVE) MOVIE OF ALL TIME!

score = 100
I thought that center stage was a very good movie.  It was funny.  I really liked how it showed not to give up just because of what someone says.

score = 90
I thought the movie was awesome. At first I thought it would be lame, but I was plesantly surprised. I loved the dancing! I am not a dancer, but I appreciate them more for alll their hard work. The only thing I would change is the scene's between Charlie and Jody. The trailer for the movie had a bunch of scenes that show that Charlie is interested in Jody. In the movie it is kind of hard to tell if he is really in to her or not. Plus at the end of the trailer there is a way better kiss then the one they put in the movie. This kiss was muched more romantic and dramatic. If you want to see it check out the trailer at the offical website.

Tianna Speth
score = 100
I loved this movie. The story line was good and it showed how much pressure there is to dance today. Some people think that dancing is an easy thing to do and that anybody can do it. Well their wrong. It takes a lot of time and effort.
The Drama in it was good because it showed what freshman in College do. And how their lives work. Jody and Eva and Charlie and Eric were my favrites in this movie they all were different and yet so much the same and they taught eachother lessons to learn. I Give this Movie a 100

Kara S.
score = 90
comments = This movie is better if you're a dancer. I thought it was one of the best movies I've ever seen. It covered all of the issues that dancers face. I'm sure all of the dancers out there enjoyed it as much as I did, and it's about time Hollywood came out with a movie that covered all aspects of ballet. Now you all know what we go through!

score = 100
I fell in love with this movie less than 10 minutes into it! It left me wanting to dance for hours after seeing it!. Sascha left me breathless both as an actor, and as a dancer. Ethan I had heard about in an article and couldn't wait until I saw the movie. I have loved ballett since I was a child watching, I believe, Barishnakov dance amazing performances across the stage. This was an excellent  movie, and all the players stole a piece of the stage. I recomend this movie so very highly one could not imagine!

score = 90
comments = I loved this movie.  It displayed the hardships that dancers face when trying to become professionals.  The coreography is beautiful.  The drama was fabulous.  I loved the storyline.  Each of the characters was facing a realistic hardship.

score = 100
I love dance and it's the best teen movie i've ever seen. Dirty dancing was good but Center stage was much better!!!! I recommend it to everyone who dance or like dancing! Since a long time I dance and it makes me like I can be like them!

score = 90
I loved this movie, it really showed the hard work and frustrations dancers go through to get where they are, with a twist of romance.  dancing is hard work, i would know, this movie is dedinitely worth seeing again and again!

score = 70
it was worth seeing because it tells the whole meaning of real life which is made me want to be good at a something.before i saw the movie i never knew that ballet was that intresting or difficult.

Stephanie evans
score = 90
I wasn't sure if I wanted to see this movie at first but it was worth it. You never knew what was going to happen next. The dancing was brillant. I would reccomend it to anyone.

score = 100
This is one of my all time favorite movies. It's about time performers are acknowledged! The movie shows how much dedication it takes to be a dancer, like myself. Definately a must see!

score = 90
comments = This Is just about the best movie I have ever seen!
It is a definate must see and I suggest that every-one sees it now, So if you haven't seen it get your butt moving and see it!!!

Lisa Barrett
score = 90
comments = With almost every genre of film around today, it is difficult not to stumble into all the old cliches.  Center Stage is no exception, however, with that being said, this is one of, if not, the best dancing film I have ever seen.  To appreciate this film you have to know what the characters are feeling, and the only way to do that is by being a type of performer yourself.  So, anyone who has ever performed in front of anyone, in any capacity, you'll recognise the feeling within this film.  That wonderful feeling of anticipation, dread, horror, excitement and wonder that comes with doing something you love.

score = 90
comments = I loved the show!
the only thing was that they didn't really show much of charlie (sascha radetsky) and they could hve expanded on the romantic plot a bit more.
All in all, it was a great movie and it's wonderful to see that the ballet was beautifully choreographed.

score = 90 
I think the film was great.  it is inspiring to see young people follow their dreams and not let others, even their parents run their lives

score = 100 
I thought it was a great movie!  I am a dancer, and I thought this movie was a good portrayal of what really goes on in the dance world.

score = 100 
It's a great movie. I wish I'd be a part of that powerful and emotional story. That fantastic music and dancers were nearly to carried me away into staying up and dancing at cinema.

score = 60 
I thought this was a great movie. Not Brilliant, but good.  It kept my attention as well as a friend that came with me.  It is a chick flick none the less but I guess that you have to love dancing to appreciate it.  1 1/2 thumbs up.

score = 100 
This is the best movie I have ever seen. The plot was amazing. I loved the dancers, actors, and characters. I have seen it five times, and it's still wonderful. Anyone who hasn't seen it, I truely recommend you see it. Although-it's more a chick flick!!!

score = 10 
WHAT THE HELL KIND OF MOVIE IS THIS??? Any self respecting male wouldn't be caught dead in the theatre of this nonsense. I only saw it to get my girlfriend in the sac!! (PS. mission accomplished) The whole movie is about some fruity guy trying to impress some girl by dancing ballet. I found myself having more fun timing myself on how long I could hold my breath then watching this garbage. I would rather sit through Battlefield Earth 20 times having a root canal then seeing this flick one more time. What a disgrace. I urge you to not see this movie unless you want to waste your hard earned cash. The only reason I gave it a 10 was because I was thankful that it lasted under 2 hours. ALL THESE OTHER PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THERE TALKING ABOUT. INSTEAD GO SEE SOMETHING WITH MEANING LIKE GLADIATOR.

score = 100 
I am a dancer and I absolutely adored the movie.  These judges dont know real dancing when they see it thats there problem.I'm very upset that it didnt get a better score.Centerstage rocks!ITs the best movie out!

score = 100 
I take credits for the young and talented actors and actresses. They are young but full of inspirations and ambition and also ready to give 100% to go all the way. A special attention for Sascha Radetsky, he's cute all right

score = 100 
Aha!  Finally the world is able to see what goes on behind the scenes in the life of a dancer!  This movie includes everything: audition stress, pushy moms, blisters, eating disorders, egotistical directors, romantic discourses...and why it is all worth it in the end!  I was reminded that I do not dance because I want to get into the American Ballet Theatre, but because I love to dance!  This movie inspires us all to follow our dreams and not fall victim to those others try to lay out for us.  Everyone needs to see this movie - and then go buy tickets to the ballet!  And I want to give a round of applause to all those dancers who were forced to stretch their talent to a new realm...acting!  (GO VICKI!!!!)

score = 90 
What the movie lacks in acting skill it more than makes up for in dancing. I was entranced through all the dancing sequences, and there were enough of them to keep me entranced through most of the movie. Anyone who likes to go to the ballet will love this movie.

score = 100 
This is a terrific movie. Very uplifting and inspirational. Much credit should be given to the creaters,writers,choreographers, and especially the actors for portraying themselves as they did. This movie's trailer caught my attention and I ended up seeing it three times and can't wait till it comes out on video. Cooper's ballet was exquiste and very modernized. A must see movie for dreamer's everywhere. Best of luck to Amanda Schull and Ethan Steifel in their careers.

score = 100 
The movie has no words in which it could be explained i just loved it...And how mostly all the actors are dancers in real life make it unbelievable how they acted and danced so great..I give them all credit for not only acting so great without it being their careers but for making what i think the best movie ever made....

score = 90 
I thought this movie was really good; fantastic actors, great plot, and a little romance make this movie one of a kind. It was very creative and original, and unlike most other movies, you had no clue how it was going to end. It's a very inspiring movie, and I recommend it to everyone 

Vanessa Redington 
score = 100 
This movie was the best movie i have ever seen. It is my favorite movie and when it comes out for sale, I am going to be the first in line to get it! I think that this movie is definetly worth seeing!

score = 100 
This was a beautiful movies but it saddens me to see it get bad raps from people who can't/don't understand and appriciate what it takes to dance like that. As a dancer, I absolutely LOVED this movie.

score = 80 
I thought this movie was okay. The dancing was great, but it dragged in parts and the writers should have put in more stuff between Charlie and Jody. Like show him staring at her and her goind dumb over Copper and they should have kissed more at the end.

score = 90 
I really liked this movie.  I think the ratings are a little low because not everyone can relate to this movie. I'm a dancer myself and was enthralled with this movie.  I think all dancer would agree.

score = 100 
I believe it was one of the greatest movies I saw. Me and my friend both loved and it made us want to get off of our seats and dance. It had romance, laughter, conflicts and it had things that teenagers could relate to. I loved it and i give it five stars.

score = 90 
This was a great movie with a good lesson. which is you don't always get everything that you want and you have to work for it. The ballet dancing was neat and very creative. the soundtrack is really good and i really encourage everyone to see this movie.

Hillary Grant 
score = 100 
I think that it was a great movie and me being a dancer loved how beautiful the dancing was I thought all of the cast did a great job and I give it a 100! I loved it I hope someone produces another film like it !     Sincerely,       Hillary Grant

score = 100 
This was the best movie of 2000.  I think that the dancing and the acting were both wonderful! I am pleased to say  that even if you don't dance this movie is a delight.  I hope that I can see some of these actors again in future movies!

score = 100 
I absulutely loved center stage. the drama, the awesome dancing, my favourite, the romance with maureen and her guy (eoin bailey). it had a really good ending too (i didn't have the feet, i don't have the heart) i'm definately going to go see it again!

score = 100 
That was the best movie Ive EVER seen and i am VERY VERY disappointed in your score!! It totally deserved atleast a 85-100 cause im telling everyone i know to go see it!! Im going back to see the movie again and im going to buy it! it inspired me to do what ive always dreamed of doing!! This movie is great for anyone!! and i think you did a horriable job scoring!! im sorry but im telling the truth!!!

score = 90 
I though this movie was wonderful! It showed ballet, the true art form and went with it. Thid movie definitly gets a 90! I though they should of had more of Charlie (Sascha Radetsky).

score = None 
I thought that this movie was great. i knew nothing about dance and i still loved the movie. i recommend it to everyone and i mean everyone guys and girls. its a really great movie!!!

Laura Flores 
score = 100 
Center stage is a must see movie for not only dancers, but also for everyone into the romance jealousy and happy ending type of movie I would say that it is more of a girl movie, but some guys might enjoyit.  Once again I reccommened that all girls should see this movie it sounds lame, but it aint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

score = 100 
This movie was awesome! I can't believe it didn't get a better rating than it did. This is one of the best movies I have seen in a while.If your interested in dancing and music than it is a must see.

score = 100 
I loved the movie and definitely think it deserved a better rating. The dancing was awesome!!!!  I wish they showed more of Charlie (Sascha Radetsky) though.  But all in was a great movie and i think it is worth seeing for everyone!

score = 100 
Center Stage is an awesome movie and is definitley worth seeing. It was a very good and interesting, but if you don't like dance or know a thing about dance I strongly suggest you not to go.

score = 100 
I think this is the best movie ever made. It was some INCREDIBLE dancing in it, it shows the really up in your face truth about what life for dancers is like. It also shows a bunch of Sascha who is UNBELIEVABLEY HOT!!!! I have seen it 3 times already and plan on seeing it more. I would recommend it to everyone, and I have already told a ton of people how wonderful it  is.

Kim Toppozini 
score = 90 
I loved the movie. The dancing was awsome!! The characters were great! The only problem was that I wished you would have focused a tiny bit more on the relationship of the two dancers that fell in love at the end. I thought it was a wonderful movie!

score = 100 
I've seen this movie twice in the theaters and I absolutley love it. The music makes me want to get up and dance myself and the whole plot is great. It really shows how hard it is and how the dancers have to go out there and put a smile on their face whether they wan to or not. It really shows what goes on behind the beauty.

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