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Save the Last Dance Reviews

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December 28, 2010
Formulaic teen romance with an MTV spin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Ultimately, this talented twosome [Stiles and Thomas] can only do so much with a script that continually lets them down at about every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 6, 2005
Performances throughout are solidly decent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 22, 2003
It's not courageous enough to deviate from the teen movie formula more than a smidgeon.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 20, 2003
Sara's got a sense of humor about how very uncool she is, and she proves to be a game girl.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
March 10, 2003
To the film's credit, it tries, and while it never really sings, it does deliver the dance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 2, 2003
Tries to squeeze in a few too many plot elements into too short a time.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 8, 2003
Stiles and Thomas redeem this film over and over. And the dancing is fun to watch, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 30, 2002
Likeable teen romance that overcomes its inevitable predictability thanks to its talented cast and its avoidance of both clichés and syrupy sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 7, 2002
Told with a refreshing lack of sensationalism.
Full Review | Original Score: short
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 8, 2001
Lo que salva a la película de ser un fracaso total, son las sólidas actuaciones de Stiles y Thomas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 3, 2001
A surprisingly effective piece of work.
| Original Score: 3/4
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