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April 5, 2019
This movie has sentimental value. But it's way too long, very boring, and the acting is weird, with 35-year-olds playing 19-year-olds.
December 28, 2010
Formulaic teen romance with an MTV spin.
November 20, 2008
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
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.
December 6, 2005
Performances throughout are solidly decent.
December 6, 2005
Ultimately, this talented twosome [Stiles and Thomas] can only do so much with a script that continually lets them down at about every turn.
May 22, 2003
It's not courageous enough to deviate from the teen movie formula more than a smidgeon.
May 20, 2003
Sara's got a sense of humor about how very uncool she is, and she proves to be a game girl.
March 10, 2003
To the film's credit, it tries, and while it never really sings, it does deliver the dance.
March 2, 2003
Tries to squeeze in a few too many plot elements into too short a time.
February 8, 2003
Stiles and Thomas redeem this film over and over. And the dancing is fun to watch, too.
October 30, 2002
Likeable teen romance that overcomes its inevitable predictability thanks to its talented cast and its avoidance of both clichs and syrupy sentimentality.
October 21, 2002
Carter has given us a pleasant enough, if not especially original film.
October 10, 2002
There are enough respectable social messages here.
June 10, 2002
If "Dance" stumbles into a few too many subplots and a couple of cliched characters along the way, it also makes some strong points about contemporary attitudes toward the idea of interracial romances.
March 22, 2002
A refreshingly friendly view of a romance between people of different pigmentation, an area where more respectable pictures still wimp out.
March 7, 2002
Told with a refreshing lack of sensationalism.
February 26, 2002
The leads shine and the relationship really grew on me. There's not much more to ask for in a movie like this.
February 13, 2002
An interracial romance between an aspiring ballerina and a hip hop devotee that sets off sparks within the African American community where they live.
December 10, 2001
Ballet meets hip-hop in this warmly enjoyable yet unambitious teen romance.
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