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Based on 24 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 60
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Carter can't sidestep the script's cliches, so he wisely cuts to the fancy footwork whenever possible. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    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. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This teenage interracial romance runs hot and cold, sweet and silly, with many more fits than starts. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

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

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

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

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Sure, you've seen some of these moves before, but Save the Last Dance triumphantly passes the audition. show more

  • 63
    Sara Wildberger Miami Herald

    All in all it's a decent, well-put-together romantic drama to hold hands to on the weekend. show more

  • 63
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    The most traditional of Hollywood romances, in that it's resolutely about nice people with nice problems. show more

  • September 07, 2008 Pnd530
    Report This User

    I love this movie I watch it over and over again, and I think Julia Stiles is great

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