From the Academy Award nominated director Bruce Beresford (DRIVING MISS DAISY, TENDER MERCIES), comes the inspiring true story of Li Cunxin and his extraordinary journey from poverty to international stardom. Based on the bestselling autobiography, MAO'S LAST DANCER weaves a moving tale about the quest for freedom and the courage it takes to live your own life. The film poignantly captures the struggles and triumphs, as well as the intoxicating effects of first love and celebrity amid the pain of exile.
- Bruce Beresford
- Bruce Greenwood, Kyle Maclachlan, Joan Chen, Chi Cao, Amanda Schull
The final image -- a freeze frame of a pas de deux staged to resemble a triumphal Communist poster -- perfectly captures the film's overall effect: it's strenuously brainless.Mike Hale, New York Times, 08.20.2010
Feel-good movie about a Chinese dancer presses all the right buttons.Peter Brunette, Hollywood Reporter, 09.10.2010
The most interesting elements of Li's story -- dance, politics, and the politics of dance -- have been dulled from their source material, though not beyond recognition.Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 08.19.2010
The film celebrates artistic freedom without preaching a sermon, and often flies when Mr. Chi is on screen. When he is on stage, spinning and leaping to the strains of magnificent music, the film soars.Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 08.19.2010