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Shall We Dance (2004)

Shall We Dance


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 152
Fresh: 70
Rotten: 82

Critics Consensus: The cast is warmly appealing, but with the loss of cultural context and addition of big-name celebrities, this American version loses the nuances of the original.

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 24

Critics Consensus: The cast is warmly appealing, but with the loss of cultural context and addition of big-name celebrities, this American version loses the nuances of the original.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 205,173


Movie Info

Directed by Peter Chelsom, this film is the English-language remake of Masayuki Suo's 1995 romantic comedy of the same name; the Japanese version earned a record-breaking 9.5 million dollars in United States box offices. Shall We Dance? revolves around John Clark (Richard Gere), a workaholic Chicago lawyer who, despite a respectable paycheck and loving family, is unable to shake the feeling that something in his life is missing. On a whim, John disrupts his normal evening commute to attend a … More

PG-13 (for some sexual reference and brief language)
Drama , Romance , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Audrey Wells
In Theaters:
Feb 1, 2005
Box Office:
Miramax Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Shall We Dance

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (70) | Rotten (82) | DVD (21)

Offers attractive, inoffensive characters and a smattering of broad laughs, but it fails to use its potential to explore weightier themes such as John's mid-life crisis.

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

Under the clunky direction of Peter Chelsom, while forced to mouth inane dialogue by Audrey Wells ... a swell bunch of troupers get mangled in a monsoon of clichés.

Full Review… | October 21, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

There are so many appealing performers in Shall We Dance? that it's a crime the director, Peter Chelsom, and the screenwriter, Audrey Wells, haven't given them more to do.

Full Review… | October 19, 2004
Top Critic

Occasionally charming but ultimately forgettable bit of fox-trot fluff.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Takes a small, exquisite Japanese movie and turns it into a big, stupid American movie. Still, it must be said that as glossy and overproduced as the thing is, it's a good Big Stupid American movie.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Turns a sweet, lilting story into a clunky, clichéd and tedious movie sitcom.

Full Review… | October 15, 2004
USA Today
Top Critic

Cute romance that is marred by homophobia.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Touches to make 'hip' what should be an unabashedly square story--such as the casting of Nick Cannon in a supporting role and an out-of-nowhere cameo by Ja Rule--more jar than gel.

Full Review… | December 29, 2008

This excellent and acclaimed cast is shoved into a film whose screenplay should have alerted them that it's not ready to go before the cameras.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Inevitably this film will be compared to its predecessor, and it simply can't win.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Movie Habit

Not as good as the original, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Full Review… | September 4, 2007
Laramie Movie Scope

It's rather cute, but only the truly girly will fall for the decidedly Officer And A Gentlemanly denouement that injects a belated sexy note.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

The 1996 original is classier, deeper, more poignant. A Ginger Rogers to this Beyoncé.

October 11, 2006
Christianity Today

American studios are, quite simply, incapable of the subtlety and understatement that made the Japanese original such an unforgettable classic.

Full Review… | August 10, 2006
Shadows on the Wall

Os personagens vivem crises de identidade que soam reais graças às boas performances de seus intérpretes - e isto coloca o filme acima do que permitiria seu material.

March 7, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Shall We Dance? stumbles into a tight corner between comedy and romance, failing to satisfy on either count.

Full Review… | February 15, 2005

...if you're not prepared to watch Richard Gere pulsate for 106 minutes, you're not going to have much fun with this picture.

February 1, 2005
Movie Metropolis

American filmmakers have [again] hammered something beautiful down into unremarkable mush. Still, it honors marriage more than any film in recent memory.

December 23, 2004
Looking Closer

Possesses a sunny optimism that filmgoers don't regularly see.

December 16, 2004


Full Review… | November 19, 2004

... a tuxedoed Richard Gere is still one of the sexiest men on the planet

Full Review… | November 17, 2004
Atlantic City Weekly

This loose remake of the Japanese hit film is disappointing in many respects, including the acting.

Full Review… | November 14, 2004

The studio turned a cute little charmer into a slapstick sitcom.

Full Review… | November 12, 2004
Internet Reviews

A sweet, well-meaning pass at a story that just doesn't translate --you're gonna get stuck watching it with your mom or your girlfriend every time it shows up on TNT.

November 8, 2004
Philadelphia Weekly

'What woman wouldn't want a handsome husband showing up at work in a tuxedo, holding one perfect rose?'

Full Review… | November 8, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Shall We Dance

Richard Gere ruined this film. That is all.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Exellent Movie

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


This movie made me want to attend ballroom dancing lessons! lol! Anywhoo, I think Gere looked sweet, hes always charming anyway, but the contrast really showed when he was dancing with Lopez, I thought she was too much of an intense dancer to be partnered with Gere. Mwahaha, all guys should learn how to dance, its so cute hahaha!

Ginny  X

Super Reviewer


Any good in this film is pretty much drowned out by the predictability factor. It's cinematic fluff that hits all the right buttons to impress it's target audience which it does very well. Satisfactory acting, a few laughs and ridiculous moments of going "AAAWWW" mean you know within 4 minutes if this is a film for you.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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