Save the Last Dance Synopsis
A white teen (Julia Stiles) falls for a black student (Sean Patrick Thomas) who also loves dance.
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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

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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...
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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...
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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...
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English Comp. Movie Review

By vposhell
Dancing can be defined as movements done in accordance with an accompanying sound or music. Still, dancing is a limitless universal language. Being able to relate and connect to a movie requires not...

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Rated PG-13
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Formulaic teen romance with an MTV spin.
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