Save the Last Dance
Save the Last Dance (2001)

A 17-year-old high-school student sets her sights on being a professional ballerina, but she has to put her plans on hold when her mother is killed in a car accident and she is forced to move to her father's bleak Chicago neighborhood.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 12, 2001
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This teen romance flick feels like a predictable rehashing of other movies.

Time Out

As teen melodrama, well, Carter's film is what it is; but for such a mainstream black-consciousness movie, at least it doesn't shy from addressing some touchy issues about masculinity, parenthood, and black attitudes to whites.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

It pays knowing respect not only to high school social politics, but also to racial politics among today's young people.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Formulaic teen romance with an MTV spin.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A refreshingly friendly view of a romance between people of different pigmentation, an area where more respectable pictures still wimp out.

Glenn Giffin
Denver Post

The intent is a feel-good film, sort of an American version of Billy Elliot and I didn't believe a minute of it.

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Michael Dequina

Ultimately, this talented twosome [Stiles and Thomas] can only do so much with a script that continually lets them down at about every turn.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Stiles and Thomas supply what this movie needs most: a heartbeat.

David Germain
Associated Press

Squanders nice performances by Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas by confining them and the supporting cast to cookie-cutter roles and hackneyed inner-city subplots.

Susannah Breslin
Film Threat

Performances throughout are solidly decent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Nice little movie. Have watched this one a few times over the years, and I don't especially like dance movies. This one has a good story outside the… More
Bethany Murphy
A classic dance film! The cast is amazing and the story is very realistic and truly heart wrenching that things like this really do go on in violent… More
Eugene Bernabe
One of the original film to blend love with dance in the modern-day millenium era. Stiles and Patrick Thomas' on-screen duo floats gracefully like any… More
Tim Salmons
I try to forget I saw this rubbish.
Jason Spencer
♥Robyn M♥
Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas make a perfect couple in this romantic movie containing happiness as well as problems and sadness.