Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing (1987)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 21, 1987
DVD Release Date: August 19, 1997
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Like its winsome characters, Dirty Dancing uses impressive choreography and the power of song to surmount a series of formidable obstacles.

Chris Chase
New York Daily News

I loved this movie. It seems to dream itself, as it tells the story of a young girl who comes alive in the summer of 1963.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Packs in drama, comedy, and an iconic finale that's still quite riveting.

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

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.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Smart and funny, touching and unabashedly sensual.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

It's a sweet, lyrical movie with plenty of musical nostalgia. But more importantly, Dirty Dancing has an uplifting message of hope that can be found only in the dreams of the young.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Jason Bailey

It's a movie best seen through the hazy amber filter of '80s nostalgia, and if you're watching it without those rose-colored glasses on, God help you.

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Red Lats
My wife makes me watch DD. Too bad that this was Jennifer Grey's defining role as an actor. It is a movie I don't mind watching over. I like the… More
Candy Rose
Classic dance movie. Baby and her sister Lisa spend the summer at a holiday camp where they meet guys and fall in love. Baby learns to dance and helps Penny a… More
Nicki Marie
Original rating of 2 upped half a star. That still isn't saying much. An average movie for me is usually a 3. Decided I would re watch this movie. I last… More
Alice Shen
I can't believe it took me twenty years or so to see this gem. It's just such a nicely-packaged little story. It doesn't try to be anything… More
Daniel Perry
Completely anachronistic boilerplate dance film: young person - man this time, played by Patrick Swayze - of lower social class wins heart of upper-class young… More
Unknown Hobo
One of the oldest and most loved girly movies of all time that I have never been ashamed to say I love. The acting is terrible, the special effects have holes… More