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Shall We Dance Reviews

June 24, 2006
Offers attractive, inoffensive characters and a smattering of broad laughs, but it fails to use its potential to explore weightier themes such as John's mid-life crisis.
October 21, 2004
Under the clunky direction of Peter Chelsom, while forced to mouth inane dialogue by Audrey Wells ... a swell bunch of troupers get mangled in a monsoon of clichés.
October 19, 2004
There are so many appealing performers in Shall We Dance? that it's a crime the director, Peter Chelsom, and the screenwriter, Audrey Wells, haven't given them more to do.
October 15, 2004
Occasionally charming but ultimately forgettable bit of fox-trot fluff.
October 15, 2004
Takes a small, exquisite Japanese movie and turns it into a big, stupid American movie. Still, it must be said that as glossy and overproduced as the thing is, it's a good Big Stupid American movie.
October 15, 2004
Turns a sweet, lilting story into a clunky, clichéd and tedious movie sitcom.
October 15, 2004
The original remains the standard, and it's a far deeper work, but this paint-by-numbers project manages to get by on its good humour and undeniably entertaining ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 15, 2004
This mildly entertaining bauble will disappear from your memory even before you've dislodged the last popcorn husks from your back teeth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 15, 2004
Where the original soared, the new version hugs the ground. It's like the difference between Fred Astaire's dancing and Richard Gere's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 15, 2004
Miscast, misguided and woefully misbegotten, this clumsy American remake of the deftly delicate 1996 sleeper hit from Japan is too blah to bludgeon.
October 15, 2004
The central idea -- that losing yourself in a small, private world can help you to better engage the larger world -- isn't lost in translation.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 15, 2004
A pleasant, uncomplicated, adult night out -- an event nearly as rare as a new romantic Hollywood musical.
October 15, 2004
There isn't even any exciting dancing here, and what hoofing there is has been heavily edited, usually with the dancers' feet cropped off.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 15, 2004
A comedy with two left feet.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 15, 2004
A sleek Hollywood crowd-pleaser, more movie than art film, but its makers have wisely stuck not only to the spirit but often even to the letter of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 15, 2004
A funny, well-acted adult tale about the difficulty of holding onto happiness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2004
Sayonara sushi, hello turkey.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 15, 2004
Invigorating, hopeful, funny and perfectly consciously corny at times.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 15, 2004
Asks us to return to the days of yesteryear, when we would accept Cary Grant as a country bumpkin and Marilyn Monroe as an ugly duckling. These days, that's asking too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 15, 2004
Waltzes us into a world where interesting emotional realities give way to stock responses.
Read More | Original Score: D+
October 15, 2004
Feels engineered the way women's magazines too often do: to deliver the feel-good without burdening us with too much feeling or thought.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 15, 2004
Its missteps turn the delicate footwork of the original into a clunky thud.
October 15, 2004
Conventional as it may be, Shall We Dance? offers genuine delights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2004
Gere is a pleasure, smiling and spinning and high-fiving his two classmates -- played by Bobby Cannavale and Omar Miller -- and the movie is happy and extremely likable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2004
Shall We Dance?, an Americanization of a popular 1996 Japanese film, is an old-fashioned feel-good fantasy that piles on the euphoria.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 14, 2004
A polished, feel-good movie that will be most appreciated by those who went back for second helpings of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 14, 2004
Largely forgettable because the central love story, between a married couple played by Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, has nary a spark.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 14, 2004
The entire feature feels poorly motivated and low on energy. There's clearly something missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 14, 2004
Goes too far in its slapstick efforts to please mainstream audiences, but there's no denying the genuine appeal of -- and I can't believe I'm actually writing this -- Richard Gere and ballroom dancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 14, 2004
So supple is this story about the man with two lead feet who walks into a dance class and then waltzes out of his midlife funk, that it pretty much survives the transplant from its Tokyo Zen garden to a Windy City rose arbor.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2004
This version of Shall We Dance? tosses circumspection out of the window, milking every ounce of sentimentality, pathos and thrift-shop idiosyncrasy from the story line.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 14, 2004
The filmmakers aren't afraid to lay on the schmaltz, especially at the end, but it never gets so heavy that Shall We Dance? doesn't step lively.
October 14, 2004
An unwieldy mess that gives every impression of having been made under a mandate to fill the Miramax crowd-pleaser slot.
October 14, 2004
Good-natured fluff.
October 14, 2004
The movie tries hard to duplicate the original's mood and story, but, like Gere or Lopez, is too much of a visual knockout to rope us in.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 14, 2004
Shall We Dance isn't half the movie its predecessor is, but it succeeds on its own terms.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 13, 2004
A movie that can't decide whether to frown or twirl.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 12, 2004
Exemplifies its distributor at its most blatantly opportunistic -- plundering the recycling bin for a no-brainer cash-in.
October 11, 2004
Terrible film, terrible film.
September 29, 2004
It's shamelessly direct in its emotional targeting, but in a gentle, inoffensive way that will appeal to viewers who prefer the old storytelling formulas to the more sensationalistic contemporary approach.
September 24, 2004
A listless, Hollywooden affair populated by generic characters that are either blandly underdeveloped (in the case of the leads) or drawn with tired broad strokes.