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Emma Watson's Ballet Shoes Movie Review

Updated on September 17, 2014

In Ballet Shoes, Dreams Do Come True

The unconventional family in the movie Ballet Shoes starts out as one lonely old, world-travelling bachelor living alone in London in the 1930s.

First to arrive on Great Uncle Matthew's doorstep, are his young niece, newly orphaned, and her Nanna. He reluctantly takes them in but continues his world travelling and his fossil collecting. However, he returns home on three occasions with three rather unusual fossils in the form of baby girls whom he has adopted on his travels.

In the 1930s travel was quite different from travel today and a journey abroad could take a very long time. After adding those three babies to his household, he disappears on his next voyage for an extended period of time leaving behind enough money for his eldest niece and her Nanna to cope with the running of the household. However, when the money begins to run out, the family resorts to taking in boarders.The girls are enrolled in The Academy of Dance and Stage Training on a charity basis so that they will be learn some skills and be able to fend for themselves eventually. The school is not a perfect match for all of them as one longs to become a famous ballerina, one an actor and one an aviator.Ballet Shoes is a wonderful family film from the BBC filmed in Northern Ireland in 2007.

Ballet Shoes is based on the book of the same name by Noel Streatfeild. The movie features Emma Watson (of Harry Potter fame), Lucy Boynton and Yasmin Paige as the three young girls adopted into the family who go on to become fast friends. It also features Emilia Fox, Victoria Wood, Richard Griffiths and Eileen Atkins.

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"Dreams Do Come True"

Ballet Shoes Movie Trailer

Fast Facts About Ballet Shoes (2007)

  • Actors: Emma Watson, Eileen Atkins, Peter Bowles, Richard Griffiths, Gemma Jones
  • Story: Based on the book by Noel Streatfeild
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Filmed: 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Ballet Shoes Emma Watson
Ballet Shoes Emma Watson

Storyline of Ballet Shoes From Amazon

"A heartwarming film about family, fame and realizing your dreams."

"The Fossils are an unconventional British family living in 1930's London. Orphans Pauline, Petrova and Posy are being raised by an elder sister Sylvia and her Nana in the absence of their eccentric great uncle Matthew . As Sylvia struggles to educate and support her three charges on very limited funds, she is forced to let rooms and enroll the girls in the Academy of Dance and Stage Training in hopes of furthering their education and preparing them to earn a comfortable living. While at the academy, each of the three ambitious girls discovers her own personal calling and labors intensively to achieve her dreams: Pauline studies to become a star on the stage, Petrova gravitates toward a career in aviation, and Posy trains to become a great classical ballerina. Their paths are difficult and full of adversity, but the sisters' steadfast support of one another and common resolve to earn a place in the history books based on their own merits propels each of them toward individual success. A compelling and inspirational film that encourages young women to strive for their dreams, Ballet Shoes is most appealing to ages 9 and older." --Tami Horiuchi

My Review of Ballet Shoes In 100 Words or Less

Ballet Shoes Emma Watson
Ballet Shoes Emma Watson

Ballet Shoes is a good family movie, particularly for families with girls. As one Amazon customer reviewer will say in a minute, her son was not into this movie. Neither of my teenage boys watched this with me, they were not available but I do not think they would have sat down to watch a movie called 'Ballet Shoes.' They might have watched it with me when they were younger although it would not have been their first choice.You do not have to be interested in ballet to enjoy this film. The storyline is good and the time period and the setting of 1930s London interesting and well done. My boys would have loved to live in that mansion!I feel comfortable comparing it to films like Anne of Green Gables, The Road To Avonlea and The Wind At My Back. If you and your family enjoy programs like those, you will certainly enjoy Ballet Shoes.

"An embraceable film of the sort that emerges more frequently from elsewhere nowadays than Hollywood."~~ The Oneida Daily Dispatch

Ballet Shoes Movie
Ballet Shoes Movie

Amazon Customer Reviews of Ballet Shoes

On a personal note, I watched this film with my 8 year old daughter and 6 year old son. While my son fought to pay attention (not surprising), my daughter was riveted throughout the film. The appearance of `Hermoine' as a teen brought her into focus early on, and then the tale itself kept her eyes and ears wide open. She's asked repeatedly to watch Ballet Shoes again, which of course she has. My son, of course, is back to watching `his thing', Spiderman, Superman and The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers..." ~~ Compusurge

"I think the cast did a wonderful job as the characters,and Emma Watson shined as Pauline,and this is a very faithful wonderful adaptation of Ballet Shoes,and i recommend it to everyone,and i hope if you guys enjoy the movie that you will go read the book." ~~ Elliott

"A brilliant, fun and uplifting story, intelligent script, with terrific acting all round, gorgeous camera work, lovely sets costumes and music... what more could anyone ask for!" Jeremy Manson

"Oh my gosh, could this movie be any cuter? I don't mean that in a sickeningly sweet way. This movie is just a good story about women trying to make it on their own after the war in London. The Fossil sisters were all foundlings of a collector of all things paleontology. They grew up in a big old grand London house alongside trilobites and T Rex until those treasures had to go to make room for the growing girls." Cedric's Mom

"The story is absolutely enchanting and entertaining, and I will defiantly be watching to see what these three young women will do next. Great acting, great story, set in the interesting time of the 1930's, even if you don't have any young children, you can still enjoy this delightful film!" ~~ Alyse Marie

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Ballet Shoes
Ballet Shoes

Hardcover version.

Ballet Shoes Emma Watson
Ballet Shoes Emma Watson

"We three Fossils vow to put our name in the history book, because it is ours, and ours alone."

© 2010 Treasures By Brenda

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      I hope you do get to see it eventually, Fay.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I've never heard of this film, but now I want to see it. Like your boys, I doubt my husband will want to sit in on this one. :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for your visit and thoughts on the movie, Dane.

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      _DANE_YOUSSEF_ 3 years ago from California

      "MY TAKE ON THEIR BALLET SHOES" by Dane Youssef

      Now everyone, don’t hate me for saying this…

      But… no. I didn’t like this one. Not really. I was disappointed.

      And I’m no philistine. No Anglophobe. I’ve enjoyed much of the work that’s come from across the pond (yes, I live the U.S.). But this one left no real lasting effect or impression of any kind whatsoever.

      There honestly never was a moment where I felt engaged by this film. The cast is all likeable, especially the lead girls. Hell, they're even endearing. We don't see any great dance sequences.

      I was disappointed. I was never quite sure why this was considered such a classic in Britain.

      I did like the message. The resolution the three girls make. “We vow to put our names in the history books.” I understand the book was a classic. It must’ve been better. That’s almost always the case.

      Still… it’s good to see the film itself did wind up touching a lot of people… other people. Something like this… it’s kind of nice to know if you didn’t like it, someone else did.

      All The Best, all…

      --Sincere As Always, Dane Youssef

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      DanceMomOnline 3 years ago

      My daughter and I enjoyed reading the book. We tried to watch the 1975 BBC version but we didn't enjoy it and don't even think we finished it. We have yet to see this Emma Watson version but plan to do so soon! Thanks for the reviews.

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      melissiaoliver 6 years ago

      I loved Ballet shoes when it came out on the telly back in 2007. Must get round to buying the DVD at some point. Squidliked!

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      JackieM293 6 years ago

      I am taking my 7 year old daughter to see this movie on Sunday morning. Thanks for a Really helpful review. J

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Congratulations on your purple star!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Purple Star. I agree, this sounds like a very sweet movie. :)

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Congrats on your Purple Star!

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Just noticed the purple star. Congratulations!

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      It sounds like a beautiful movie. The title was very recognizable to me because of a scene in the movie "You've Got Mail" when a woman in the big, evil, discount bookstore is looking for "the shoe books" and the clerk didn't know what she was talking about. The heroine, Kathleen, certainly did and named all the shoe books and spelled the author's name. Even then I knew "Ballet Shoes" would be a wonderful story.

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      This does sound like a sweet movie!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Our granddaughter is just 8, but I think she would love this one! Ballerinas are magic!

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      This looks like a movie I would enjoy. Definitely will check this one out. Thanks for the review!