75

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
Sure, you've seen some of these moves before, but Save the Last Dance triumphantly passes the audition.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Above all, this is a movie where the characters ask the same questions we do: They're as smart about themselves as we are.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
While it flirts with "After School Special"-ness, at least has the courage to address racial and cultural cliches with a degree of honesty.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The most traditional of Hollywood romances, in that it's resolutely about nice people with nice problems.
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60

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Carter can't sidestep the script's cliches, so he wisely cuts to the fancy footwork whenever possible.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

The result is more like an epic "After School Special" -- preachy, runny and oddly warm.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This teenage interracial romance runs hot and cold, sweet and silly, with many more fits than starts.
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50

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Thomas' easygoing warmth helps to melt Stiles' icy veneer, and one of Dance's few pleasures is an extended musical segment where she tries to ape his homeboy posturings.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It's about as routine a movie as they come, but it features plenty of endorphin-releasing hip-hop choreography as Derek teaches Sara to get jiggy with it.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This wan, formulaic teen movie from ''Metro'' director Thomas Carter 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.
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53 out of 100
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