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Dance with Me (1998)


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 21
Rotten: 21

Critics Consensus: Shallow script, weak direction.

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: Shallow script, weak direction.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 36,240



Movie Info

When a handsome young Cuban arrives in Houston, his passion for life immediately breathes new energy into the faded Excelsior Dance Studio. There he teaches one of the instructors the most important lesson of her life: sometimes the most important thing to follow isn't a partner, it's your heart.

PG (for mild language and sensuality.)
Drama , Romance , Musical & Performing Arts , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Daryl Matthews , Darryl Matthews
In Theaters:
Jan 12, 1999
Sony Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Dance with Me

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (21) | DVD (2)

The real creative opportunities lie in visual and choreographic options, and Haines doesn't miss a beat in either department.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
Top Critic

The use of Plowright as a middle-aged frump wanting to get in on the sexy action is deeply patronizing.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

What is it about dance, that most joyous of arts, that inspires so many bad movies?

Full Review… | December 31, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Although the movie bubbles occasionally, it never boils.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Throughout the film, Haines treats...banal moments as epiphanies, telegraphing every feeling and thought with annoying coyness.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Although Dance With Me disappoints on almost every level, it still leaves you mildly elated...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Upbeat dance-romance is fine for tweens and up.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

For every cliché embraced in its entirety, another is subverted just enough that you're pleasantly surprised.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Too insubstantial to rise above being anything other than feel-good fluff...

Full Review… | June 17, 2008

Sparkles just like an old-fashioned musical--it's beautifully designed and skillfully directed.

Full Review… | January 9, 2007
Film Journal International

A quality film.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Reeling Reviews

When it turns its attention to bodies in motion, writhing across the floor to a salsa beat, the film is a joy to watch. When drama takes center stage, which is all too often, 'Dance' drags its feet.

Full Review… | July 2, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

A great big summer cheeseball of a movie that mildly entertains but doesn't stimulate.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Competent but predictable soap opera.

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

Two hours-plus of melodrama and dancing dancing dancing danczzzz zzzz zzzzzzzz....

Full Review… | June 18, 2002

A romantic drama that makes the most of the many fine dance sequences in the storyline.

Full Review… | March 2, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

The movie is largely gimmicky melodrama lathered with cheap, feel-good sentimentality.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Will someone please get rid of this genre of dance films?

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

A sufficiently ebullient piece of eye candy that can stand on its own two nimble feet.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

Too heavy on talk and too light on fancy footwork.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Dance with Me

Watchable but easily forgetable

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

I love anything with dancing in it. :)

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


Exciting! Shows the devastating effects of premarital sex.

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

A fun film in spite of a drab storyline and most enjoyable because of the dance scenes! The male lead is handsome, likable and gives a reasonable acting performance and there's good support from Kris Kristofferson and Vanessa Williams.

Deb S

Super Reviewer

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