Dirty Dancing (1987) Synopsis
Teen (Jennifer Grey) gets slinky with dance teacher (Patrick Swayze) in '63 Catskills.

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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...
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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

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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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USA Today

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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...
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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...
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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...
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Dirty Dancing

By dfb65
This movie rocked. I am a fan of Patrick Swayze. This movie had a realistic style to it....

Dirty Dancing

By mazabella
Loved it! Reminded me of my first boyfriend/love and all the emotions I felt back then. It was bittersweet to see Patrick in one of my fave roles. Also puzzled me as to why my mother would forbid...

As amazing as ever!

By chaocat
This movie is a timeless classic and still wonderful to go see on screen! I never get tired of it and the theater was packed like it was a new movie! Teenagers, Adults and kids all clapped and...

Dirty Dancing

By Alain794
It was great! I seen it when I was a teenager & seeing it again on the big screen brought back good memories. It's a classic, a must see....

my favorite movie

By Scarlee's Mommy
Patrick swayze was a true star. Im proud to have seen this on the silver screen...

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BEST EVER!!!...

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Rated PG-13
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Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 12 & under A hip-shaking guilty pleasure.
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