- Americans Hate Tingle: Ballerina was released to poor critical reception in America, with most critics citing the film as dull and bland. Meanwhile, the film received better reviews in France and from the general audience.
- Awesome Music:
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The final confrontation between Félicie and Regine can come off as this. Not only does it cause a severe Mood Whiplash, but the scene is never referenced again and it isn't clarified what happened to Regine afterwards.
- Cliché Storm: A common complaint against the film, even before its release, featuring familiar character archetypes such as the dreamer, the inventor and the Alpha Bitch and a Liar Revealed story with An Aesop about believing in yourself and following your dreams, a lesson that has been taught many times before. It wouldn't be nearly as bad if it wasn't so blatant about it.
- Critical Dissonance: The film received negative reviews from critics in its American release, garnering a 30% "Rotten" score. The film received higher praise from audience members and was a box office success in spite of this.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Louis Merante and Odette get a ton of fan attention despite not being much of a focus for most of the movie, particularly the former. Some even only gave the movie a watch just for their parts.
- Foe Yay: Félicie and Camille can give off this vibe, especially in the dance battle. It's especially big on Félicie's end, seeing as the minute Defeat Means Friendship kicks in, Félicie gives Camille a tight hug rather than the offered handshake, surprising Camille greatly.
- It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Prior to its release, the film received criticism due to its generic-sounding plot and cliched "believe in yourself" message that has been done a million times before.
- Jerkass Woobie: Camille. A haughty Alpha Bitch who treats Félicie like dirt, destroys her music box merely to upset her, and has no qualms potentially injuring her during their dance-off. But it's made clear that her attitude stems from her poor treatment from her abusive mother, Regine, who basically works her like a slave and leaves her unable to have a real social life, and she's apologetic and softens up after she realizes that she's let her mother control her life even down to her personality.
- Moral Event Horizon: Regine crosses this when, after Camille passes up the role of Clara in The Nutcracker and gives it over to Félicie instead, Regine tries to murder Félicie in retaliation.
- Narm Charm: For many the entire movie but more specifically the final climax where Regine tries to murder Félicie, the whole scene taking place on a then-newly build Statue of Liberty seems something more suited for an action movie than a children's film.
- Signature Scene:
- Félicie and Camilles dance battle, culminating in Félicie pulling off an astounding, dangerous jump.
- The film's climax taking place at the Statue of Liberty being built. Many citing it as being as memorable as the X-men movie featuring a similar climax.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: A movie set in 19th-century Paris, about ballet, with modern pop songs playing.
- Tear Jerker: When Félicie loses to Camille during their final performance and is thus eliminated from Merante's class, utterly shattering her spirit. To add salt to the wound, Regine forcibly sends Félicie back to the orphanage and fires Odette as well.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Many fans came to like Merante and Odette for their romantic chemistry and heavily implied history with each other, and the same fans thought the film could've explored them more.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Some have suggested that the film would have been more inspiring if the main character had been a boy who wanted to be a ballet dancer and a girl who wanted to be an inventor, thus breaking gender norms and making for a more unique story-line.
- Uncanny Valley: Mr. Luteau's cross-eyed facial expressions can be...unnerving.
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Félicie crosses into Designated Hero territory for some viewers due to the fact that she only is able to enter ballet school through identity fraud, is somehow not expelled once this fact gets exposed, and ultimately is the one who gets to perform in The Nutcracker despite all the other girls in the school having actually gotten accepted into the school on merit and having likely worked longer and harder than Félicie did.
- The Woobie: Félicie. She's a poor, orphaned girl whose dream of becoming a ballerina is constantly shot down by those around her, she's bullied by Camille, and Merante pulls no punches in criticizing her dancing skills.
YMMV / Ballerina