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Shall We Dance

Shall We Dance (2004)

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46

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

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.

40

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 24

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.

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57

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 205,028

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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

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Audrey Wells

Feb 1, 2005

$57.8M

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All Critics (153) | Top Critics (40) | 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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

October 21, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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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.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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Occasionally charming but ultimately forgettable bit of fox-trot fluff.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Turns a sweet, lilting story into a clunky, clichéd and tedious movie sitcom.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Cute romance that is marred by homophobia.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Not as good as the original, but enjoyable nonetheless.

September 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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.

August 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
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.

February 15, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC

...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

Insipid...

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

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

November 17, 2004 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

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

November 14, 2004 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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?'

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

Richard Gere ruined this film. That is all.
June 23, 2011
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Bethany Murphy

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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!
January 12, 2008
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Ginny  X

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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.
December 31, 2007
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