Dirty Dancing Reviews

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.
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.
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
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
Smart and funny, touching and unabashedly sensual.
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.
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.
February 12, 2008
Good production values, some nice dance sequences and a likable performance by Grey make the film more than watchable.
February 10, 2007
The purest spirit of the 1980s is distilled in this amiable film.
January 26, 2006
The film's easy charm, infectious soundtrack and tidy choreography should still win over new fans as well as old.
May 20, 2003
Dirty Dancing works best when it's most direct and unpretentious.
April 3, 2003
Chick flicks have hardly been bettered.
January 1, 2000
The movie plays like one long, sad, compromise; it places packaging ahead of ambition.