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Dirty Dancing Reviews

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January 20, 2017
Packs in drama, comedy, and an iconic finale that's still quite riveting.
October 9, 2016
It's a sweet, lyrical movie with plenty of musical nostalgia. But more importantly, Dirty Dancing has an uplifting message of hope that can be found only in the dreams of the young.
May 27, 2016
It's a movie best seen through the hazy amber filter of '80s nostalgia, and if you're watching it without those rose-colored glasses on, God help you.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 25, 2013
Smart and funny, touching and unabashedly sensual.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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
March 25, 2013
This '80s classic transcends cynicism to give warm-fuzzies the world over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
January 1, 2011
A hip-shaking guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
February 12, 2008
While the music on the soundtrack is predictably overloud, the period detail is refreshingly soft-pedaled.
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.
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