The Forbidden Dance
The Forbidden Dance (1990)

When the Brazilian rainforest home of young Princess Nisa (Laura Herring) is threatened by greedy American businesses, she travels to Los Angeles with Joa the shaman (Sid Haig). There Joa is thrown in jail, and Nisa must find a way to stop… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 16, 1990
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Its PG-13 version of a Hollywood-vice plot is so inept it puts you in a stupor.

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TV Guide

The story relies on one absurd coincidence after another, the acting is pedestrian, and the screenplay is often unintentionally laughable. However, although overlong, the film is consistently entertaining.

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Michael Dequina

What's a nubile young monarch to do? Why, head to the States and school the nature-hating, money-grubbing Yanks with some hearty forbidden dancing, of course!

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Jon Pareles
New York Times

Its dance sequences are barely sexier than a bowling tournament. But connoisseurs of clunky dialogue and shameless continuity lapses should look no further.

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David Keyes

A film that defies all sense of merit by intercutting an endless array of pelvis gyrations and Latin-inspired grooves with a tone so inconsistent and downtrodden that it left me wincing in discomfort.

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Luis Martinez

A musical without the spark of classics like Flashdance or Fame.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Herring, a former Miss USA, must not have danced for her talent portion of the competition.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A deadly combination of inept political cartooning and fatigued, dirt-poor filmmaking anti-skills.

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Scott Weinberg

The movie feels like Dirty Dancing mixed with an 8-year-old's view of rain forest ecology.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
John Me
Nice music nothing more nothing less...
Leo L
Quite interesting! A movie from my childhood. Wan's fav. movie!! ;P