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Save the Last Dance Reviews

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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
Performances throughout are solidly decent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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 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
July 3, 2001
A surprisingly effective piece of work.
| Original Score: 3/4
April 16, 2001
It ain't deep, but that's okay. If we can't all just get along in the real world, it's nice to pretend for a few hours that we can.
April 9, 2001
As original as the foxtrot and as profound as a Janet Jackson video clip, this film is also immensely watchable and likeable.
March 24, 2001
..less self-conscious and more willing to brave the stress and uncertainty of narrowing the racial divide in movies.
Full Review
March 19, 2001
This movie recognizes the value of dance and of love. I walked out of the theater feeling very happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 13, 2001
... a worthwhile film that's an unusually honest portrayal of teen life.
Read More | Original Score: 71/100
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