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The Red Shoes: Next Step

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Ballet drama lacks depth and emotion; grief, mild language.

Movie NR 2023 111 minutes
The Red Shoes: Next Step movie poster: A ballerina on a backlit stage poses on pointe wearing red ballet slippers

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Unfortunately, the script, acting, and dancing aren't enough to hold all but the most avid ballet fan's attention. The Red Shoes: Next Step simply moves from one overworked cliché to the next, not providing nearly enough context or explanations and leaving plenty of plot holes behind. The actors don't really seem to connect to their characters and don't provide a way for the viewers to connect, either. Exhausting rehearsal sequences go on for too long and are too similar to add interest or build drama.

That being said, the final performance sequence provides refreshing new costumes and not-seen-before sequences to possibly interest ballet fans, but for the rest of us, it's too little, too late.

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