Dirty Dancing Reviews

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Chris Chase
New York Daily News
August 20, 2015
I loved this movie. It seems to dream itself, as it tells the story of a young girl who comes alive in the summer of 1963.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sarah Crompton
Daily Telegraph
December 18, 2014
What seems an enjoyable piece of fluff about a summer camp romance is, in its own quiet way, a powerful morality tale.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
September 20, 2014
These are not characters, but objects of choreography used to push a thoughtless agenda of sound and movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
May 6, 2013
The dancing here brings out the sensual dreaminess of the songs. Dirty Dancing -- what a great title! -- is such a bubbleheaded, retro vision of growing up in the sixties (or any other time) that you go out of the theatre giggling happily.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
March 25, 2013
If the ending of Eleanor Bergstein's script is too neat and inspirational, the rough energy of the film's song and dance does carry one along, past the whispered doubts of better judgment.

Film4
March 25, 2013
While it's easy to be cynical about the whole affair, the film's sheer audacity is admirable, and Dirty Dancing knows what it aspires to.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 25, 2013
Although the plot is sometimes implausible, the movie's music, dancing and romantic spirit carry a lot of it. In addition, Dirty Dancing has the virtues of a female main character (a bit unusual in a coming-of-age movie) and an interesting setting.
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
March 25, 2013
There is some freshness in the film, much of it supplied by Jennifer Grey, who's appealing, thoughtful and just right as Baby. There's also some eloquence, although most of it is supplied by the wonderful vintage pop songs.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2013
Smart and funny, touching and unabashedly sensual.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 25, 2013
You are likely to leave Dirty Dancing feeling good about what happens to the characters and longing to dance as they do.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
March 25, 2013
This is a shapely film, considered and concise. And if its rhetorical slickness eventually covers up its emotional core, that slickness has a pleasure of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Total Film
March 25, 2013
This '80s classic transcends cynicism to give warm-fuzzies the world over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 25, 2013
Bits of good acting aren't enough to overcome the bogus elements at the center of the story, though, or the overcooked melodrama that grows from them.
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
A hip-shaking guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 17, 2009
Guilty pleasure: Fluffy, schmaltzy and predicatble, this coming of age tale, set at a turing point of American culture, is extremely enjoyable due to erotic dancing and Oscar-winning tunes (just disregard the stereotypes and cliches).
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 12, 2008
While the music on the soundtrack is predictably overloud, the period detail is refreshingly soft-pedaled.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 12, 2008
The dance finale between Gray and Swayze, although an obvious crowd-pleaser, is performed to a contemporary song clearly intended for the charts, which blows the period feel right off the dance floor.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 12, 2008
Teenage titillation for girls, circa 1963.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 12, 2008
Good production values, some nice dance sequences and a likable performance by Grey make the film more than watchable.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 7, 2007
Against all odds on the night of the Event, she steps up and shows the world that Baby can dance and only pictures this awful gross that much money.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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