Shall We Dance
Shall We Dance (2004)

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?… More

Directed By:
Rated: PG-13
Running Time:
Release Date: October 15, 2004
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Also Available On

Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The cast is warmly appealing, but with the loss of cultural context and addition of big-name celebrities, this American version loses the nuances of the original.

Amy Simmons
Time Out

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.

Full review…
Jen Chaney
Washington Post

Occasionally charming but ultimately forgettable bit of fox-trot fluff.

Full review…
Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

But there is nothing even deliciously bad or even fun bad in Shall We Dance, you won't find a moment of emotional truth, anywhere, nowhere, not in Richard Gere's twinkly demeanor, or in Susan Sarandon's googly eyeballs.

Full review…
Rex Reed
New York Observer

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.

Full review…
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

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.

Full review…
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Cute romance that is marred by homophobia.

Full review…
Charles Taylor

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.

Full review…
Claudia Puig
USA Today

Turns a sweet, lilting story into a clunky, clichéd and tedious movie sitcom.

Full review…
Michael Dequina

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.

Full review…
More reviews for Shall We Dance

Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Bethany Murphy
Richard Gere ruined this film. That is all.
Luke Baldock
Any good in this film is pretty much drowned out by the predictability factor. It's cinematic fluff that hits all the right buttons to impress it's… More
Cassie Hill
Exellent Movie
Dean McKenna
This remake of 1996 Japanese's version is fantastic romantic-drama-comedy in dance lessons film as much as a frisky Richard Gere jiggying toward… More
Ginny  X
This movie made me want to attend ballroom dancing lessons! lol! Anywhoo, I think Gere looked sweet, hes always charming anyway, but the contrast really showed… More
Red Lats
I had to watch this as it was filmed in my home town. OK movie.