Shall We Dance
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Directed by Peter Chelsom, this film is the English-language remake of Masayuki Suo's 1995 romantic comedy of the same name; the Japanese version earned a record-breaking 9.5 million dollars in United States box offices. Shall We Dance? revolves around John Clark (Richard Gere), a workaholic Chicago lawyer who, despite a respectable paycheck and loving family, is unable to shake the feeling that something in his life is missing. On a whim, John disrupts his normal evening commute to attend a dance class in hopes of meeting Paulina (Jennifer Lopez), a beautiful dance teacher he would… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Offers attractive, inoffensive characters and a smattering of broad laughs, but it fails to use its potential to explore weightier themes such as John's mid-life crisis."
‑ Amy Simmons, Time Out
"Occasionally charming but ultimately forgettable bit of fox-trot fluff."
‑ Jen Chaney, Washington Post
"Cute romance that is marred by homophobia."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Inevitably this film will be compared to its predecessor, and it simply can't win."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"The 1996 original is classier, deeper, more poignant. A Ginger Rogers to this Beyoncé."
‑ Camerin Courtney, Christianity Today
"Under the clunky direction of Peter Chelsom, while forced to mouth inane dialogue by Audrey Wells ... a swell bunch of troupers get mangled in a monsoon of clichés."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Takes a small, exquisite Japanese movie and turns it into a big, stupid American movie. Still, it must be said that as glossy and overproduced as the thing is, it's a good Big Stupid American movie."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Touches to make 'hip' what should be an unabashedly square story--such as the casting of Nick Cannon in a supporting role and an out-of-nowhere cameo by Ja Rule--more jar than gel."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Not as good as the original, but enjoyable nonetheless."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"American studios are, quite simply, incapable of the subtlety and understatement that made the Japanese original such an unforgettable classic."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"There are so many appealing performers in Shall We Dance? that it's a crime the director, Peter Chelsom, and the screenwriter, Audrey Wells, haven't given them more to do."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"Turns a sweet, lilting story into a clunky, clichéd and tedious movie sitcom."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"This excellent and acclaimed cast is shoved into a film whose screenplay should have alerted them that it's not ready to go before the cameras."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"It's rather cute, but only the truly girly will fall for the decidedly Officer And A Gentlemanly denouement that injects a belated sexy note."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Os personagens vivem crises de identidade que soam reais graças às boas performances de seus intérpretes - e isto coloca o filme acima do que permitiria seu material."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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