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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.
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
February 6, 2001
Stiles and Thomas supply what this movie needs most: a heartbeat.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 12, 2001
It pays knowing respect not only to high school social politics, but also to racial politics among today's young people.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2001
The intent is a feel-good film, sort of an American version of Billy Elliot and I didn't believe a minute of it.
January 12, 2001
Save the Last Dance squanders nice performances by Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas by confining them and the supporting cast to cookie-cutter roles and hackneyed inner-city subplots.
January 12, 2001
The high school repartee has snap, crackle and pop, but the romantic drama is strictly cornflakes that have been left in the milk too long.
January 12, 2001
An admirably heartfelt story with more on its mind than the glory of self-expression.
January 12, 2001
Predictable teen-dream drama.
January 12, 2001
Stiles and Thomas are good together, in a warm and fuzzy, as opposed to hot and heavy, sort of way.
January 12, 2001
A decent, well-put-together romantic drama to hold hands to on the weekend.
January 12, 2001
This movie would sooner see Derrick help Sara fulfill her Juilliard destiny than acknowledge how hard he worked to get into G-Town. It's profoundly square screen writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2001
This skin-deep MTV Films production is more about promoting soundtrack sales than social causes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2001
The playing of ballet against hip-hop gets more than a little corny, but the charismatic young performers make the corn work.
January 12, 2001
Recycles every cliché of the genre to sleep-inducing effect.
January 12, 2001
For all its dumb clichés it offers the basic appeal of teen movies: the pleasure of watching kids be kids, acting as they do among themselves instead of how parents and teachers expect them to act.
January 12, 2001
The setup promises cliches, but the development is intelligent, the characters are more complicated than we expect, and the ending doesn't tie everything up in a predictable way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2001
A spirited, dirty dance between the polished inauthenticity of Hollywood romance-musicals and hip-hop's central tenet: keeping it real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 12, 2001
It's far from tepid teen fare, thanks largely to the sweet chemistry between up-and-comer Sean Patrick Thomas and leading lady Julia Stiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 12, 2001
The film has a lot of surface complication but no attention span; it's a centimeter deep.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 12, 2001
A teen romance that generates enough honest emotion to play against the predictability of its finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 11, 2001
Stiles and Thomas are engaging young performers.
Read More | Original Score: 71/100
January 11, 2001
Breaks virtually no new narrative ground, yet treads the familiar territory it does cover with grace, style, wit and fun.
January 11, 2001
Seems more concerned with pushing demographic style buttons than creating a story with any depth.
January 11, 2001
The work of Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas elevates Save the Last Dance to a level where it is not only watchable, but moderately entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 11, 2001
This wan, formulaic teen movie ... is afraid to pump up the volume on its own interracial, hip hop Romeo and Juliet story, lest it challenge even one sedated viewer or disturb the peace.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 11, 2001
This is a rare teen romance where the couple seems drawn together less by animal attraction than by a shared sense of openness and possibility.
January 11, 2001
It may be the latest teen flick, but Last Dance has a story and life issues and relationships with bite.
Read More | Original Score: B-
January 9, 2001
The disjointed plotting and afterschool-special dialogue offer scant opportunity for the charismatic duo to work up much chemistry.
January 8, 2001
The core of the movie is a disarmingly shameless lift from half the dance movies ever made.
January 8, 2001
With its themes of racial harmony and good high school kids realizing their dreams, pic avoids easy exploitation.