Dirty Dancing
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A teenage girl learns about love, adult responsibility, and how to do The Dirty Boogie in this romantic drama. In 1963, "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey) is a 17-year-old spending the summer with her family at a resort hotel in the Catskills; she plans on being in the Peace Corps next summer, so this is expected to be her last summer as a carefree adolescent. Baby doesn't get along with her older sister, Lisa (Jane Brucker), and she's bored to tears by most of the older guests at the resort. However, one night Baby hears what sounds like a party going on in the employee's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"The dancing here brings out the sensual dreaminess of the songs. Dirty Dancing -- what a great title! -- is such a bubbleheaded, retro vision of growing up in the sixties (or any other time) that you go out of the theatre giggling happily."
‑ Pauline Kael, New Yorker
"Smart and funny, touching and unabashedly sensual."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"These are not characters, but objects of choreography used to push a thoughtless agenda of sound and movement."
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"You are likely to leave Dirty Dancing feeling good about what happens to the characters and longing to dance as they do."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"A hip-shaking guilty pleasure."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"If the ending of Eleanor Bergstein's script is too neat and inspirational, the rough energy of the film's song and dance does carry one along, past the whispered doubts of better judgment."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"This is a shapely film, considered and concise. And if its rhetorical slickness eventually covers up its emotional core, that slickness has a pleasure of its own."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"While it's easy to be cynical about the whole affair, the film's sheer audacity is admirable, and Dirty Dancing knows what it aspires to."
‑ , Film4
"This '80s classic transcends cynicism to give warm-fuzzies the world over."
‑ , Total Film
"Guilty pleasure: Fluffy, schmaltzy and predicatble, this coming of age tale, set at a turing point of American culture, is extremely enjoyable due to erotic dancing and Oscar-winning tunes (just disregard the stereotypes and cliches)."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Although the plot is sometimes implausible, the movie's music, dancing and romantic spirit carry a lot of it. In addition, Dirty Dancing has the virtues of a female main character (a bit unusual in a coming-of-age movie) and an interesting setting."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"While the music on the soundtrack is predictably overloud, the period detail is refreshingly soft-pedaled."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"There is some freshness in the film, much of it supplied by Jennifer Grey, who's appealing, thoughtful and just right as Baby. There's also some eloquence, although most of it is supplied by the wonderful vintage pop songs."
‑ Ben Yagoda, Philadelphia Daily News
"Bits of good acting aren't enough to overcome the bogus elements at the center of the story, though, or the overcooked melodrama that grows from them."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Teenage titillation for girls, circa 1963."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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