Save the Last Dance (2001)



Critic Consensus: This teen romance flick feels like a predictable rehashing of other movies.

Movie Info

A 17-year-old high-school student sets her sights on being a professional ballerina, but she has to put her plans on hold when her mother is killed in a car accident and she is forced to move to her father's bleak Chicago neighborhood. Intimidated by inner-city life, she turns to the clubs for refuge, where she meets a young black man who shares her love for dancing. As their mutual respect evolves, they soon discover that peer pressure is a more formidable obstacle to romance than differences … More

Rating: PG-13 (for violence, sexual content, language and brief drug references)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Duane Adler, Cheryl Edwards
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 19, 2001
Box Office: $90.7M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Save the Last Dance

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (31)

As teen melodrama, well, Carter's film is what it is; but for such a mainstream black-consciousness movie, at least it doesn't shy from addressing some touchy issues about masculinity, parenthood, and black attitudes to whites.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A refreshingly friendly view of a romance between people of different pigmentation, an area where more respectable pictures still wimp out.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Formulaic teen romance with an MTV spin.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Performances throughout are solidly decent.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Ultimately, this talented twosome [Stiles and Thomas] can only do so much with a script that continually lets them down at about every turn.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005

It's not courageous enough to deviate from the teen movie formula more than a smidgeon.

Full Review… | May 22, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Save the Last Dance

Nice little movie. Have watched this one a few times over the years, and I don't especially like dance movies. This one has a good story outside the dancing, being about an aspiring ballerina whose mother dies, leaving her to live with her father she barely knows. He lives in a mostly black neighborhood so a lot of this is about her struggles to fit in as virtually the only white girl in school. There's a lot to say about racism and I think this movie does quite a nice job. Julia is lovely and the relationship between her and the brother of her new friend is believable. You really hope to see it work out for them.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


One of the original film to blend love with dance in the modern-day millenium era. Stiles and Patrick Thomas' on-screen duo floats gracefully like any other partnered dance routine. The script, though predictable, still provided emotion to bring you to your feet. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
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