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Based on 20 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 11 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 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] show more

  • 70
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    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)] show more

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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

  • 75
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    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] show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Examiner

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

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Details of the 1963 period are weakly handled, though, and the ending is as false as it is sentimental. [21 Aug 1987] show more

  • 25
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 50
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    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." show more

  • August 25, 2012 sadiemae1214
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    Dirty Dancing is my favorite movie. I have the DVD and the soundtrack. I just finished reading Patrick Swayze\'s autobiography \"The Time Of My Life\". It has everything about his career from beginning to end and he talks about the filming of his movies and TV shows in detail with pictures. It\'s a great book ! We lost a great actor when we lost Partick Swayze, may he rest in peace.

  • August 25, 2012 English
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    Dirty Dancing is my most favorite movie. I even like it as much as Gone With The Wind. They are both my favorites. I have both on DVD and will keep watching them forever.

  • March 07, 2011 BeagleDachshund
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    I absolutely love this movie and could watch it over and over again.

  • February 11, 2011 suestabashnik
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    Dirty Dancing is king! Great acting, sizzling chemistry between Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, wonderful dancing \, and a story line with a focus on the power of love! Sue Tabashnik Author, THE FANS' LOVE STORY: How The Movie 'DIRTY DANCING' Captured The Hearts Of MIllions!

  • February 10, 2011 KUKUMOOCHO
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    THE BEST OF THE BEST MOVIES EVER!!!!! Patrick & Jennifer was the greatest love story ever...I have watched this movie at least 50 times... I play the music in my car all the time. Jennifer was fabulous on DWTS. So sad Patrick had to die such a horrible death. He left his mark on dancing! Dirty Dancing forever!

  • August 06, 2010 TEXS BEV
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    This was the BEST movie I have EVER seen. I have watched it a dozen or more time and will watch it every time it is on TV. I also have the DVD......The loss of Patrick Swayze was so sad......he made other good movies that I have watched time and time again.....

  • October 20, 2009 WHITEWOLF49
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    i love patrick swayze and was upset to know he passed away. i wish that could have been me in that movie with him.(ha,ha) i would tell everyone to go and see this movie as he was a good actor.

  • September 21, 2009 Carlawood33
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    i have never seen it but sound so cool

  • September 16, 2009 Chriseastover
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    this is one of my all time favorites. I was a teen myself when dirty dancing first came out. This was and still is a have to see movie

  • February 14, 2009 Holyce
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    I love the movie and the music, it was a movie you could take your teenagers to. Wish more movie's were made in this style.


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