Stay for the end credits, which include a tribute to the (sadly few) black ballerinas who came before Copeland; you suspect, watching footage of the little girls who eagerly wait after performances, that many more will follow in her graceful footsteps.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2015-11-19
Warm, compelling, slightly adoring.
John Anderson, Newsday, 2015-10-22
The part of [Ms. Copeland's] story that "A Ballerina's Tale" reveals best is the role of a group of successful older black women who took her under their wings and helped her feel less alone. This ballerina's tale is also theirs.
Brian Seibert, New York Times, 2015-10-13
In A Ballerina's Tale, director Nelson George paints a moving portrait of Copeland that underscores her triumphs over bodily and historical limitations.
Amy Brady, Village Voice, 2015-10-13
As an examination of how idealized conceptions of the ballerina have fed racial homogeneity in the industry, A Ballerina's Tale sticks with stuff we already know.
Martha Schabas, Globe and Mail, 2016-01-15
Ultimately fails to deliver the sort of inspirational uplift that should have been a given.
Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, 2015-10-23
A worthy story gets flat-footed treatment in Nelson George's portrait of ballerina Misty Copeland.
Scott Tobias, Variety, 2015-10-18