88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Dirty Dancing is "Flashdance" with a triple-digit IQ.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
A shapely film, considered and concise. And if its rhetorical slickness eventually covers up its emotional core, that slickness has a pleasure all its own. [21 August 1987]
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The script is full of off-the-wall lines that take you by surprise but are perfect. [21 Aug 1987]
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75

San Francisco Examiner

A poignant and racy movie. The dancing is pretty great, too.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
A warm-heared picture with some hot dancing, some B movie class consciousness, lots of nostalgia and lots of cliches. [3 Sept 1987, p.17(E)]
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63

USA Today

Motivations are murky, the dialogue is flat. But the movie never lets too much plot get between the dance numbers. [21 Aug 1987]
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60

TV Guide

One problem with the film is that it does nothing to endear the Catskill social setting to an audience; the inhabitants seem to be competing for awards in obnoxiousness.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Details of the 1963 period are weakly handled, though, and the ending is as false as it is sentimental. [21 Aug 1987]
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
But 'neath its candy-coated shell lies several solid grains of truth -- not to mention some fab choreography, a solid-gold title, and a couple of pristine examples (in Swayze and Grey) of what is meant by the term "career-making performance."
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25

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The filmmakers rely so heavily on cliches, on stock characters in old situations, that it's as if they never really had any confidence in their performers.
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65 out of 100
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Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.