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  • Summary: A young girl (Grey) vacationing with her parents in the conservative Catskills falls for the hotel's maverick dance instructor (Swayze).
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Smart and funny, touching and unabashedly sensual... the sweet sleeper of a hot season. [21 Aug 1987]
  2. The dancing itself, especially the dirty dancing, choreographed by Kenny Ortega, looks very contemporary, or, at least, as contemporary as "Saturday Night Fever," but it has a drive and a pulse that give the filim real excitement. [21 Aug 1987, p.C3]
  3. 80
    Above all, you've got Jennifer Grey, as a rich girl summering in the Catskills and falling for her working-class dance instructor, played by Patrick Swayze. The chemistry between them is red-hot, and they're wonderful dancers.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    Good production values, some nice dance sequences and a likable performance by Grey make the film more than watchable, especially for those acquainted with the Jewish tribal mating rituals that go on in the Catskill Mountain resorts.
  5. Before the movie collapses into the utopian nonsense that seems obligatory to this subgenre, a surprising amount of sensitivity and satirical insight emerges from Eleanor Bergstein's script and Emile Ardolino's direction.
  6. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    60
    One problem with the film is that it does nothing to endear the Catskill social setting to an audience; the inhabitants seem to be competing for awards in obnoxiousness.
  7. 25
    The filmmakers rely so heavily on cliches, on stock characters in old situations, that it's as if they never really had any confidence in their performers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. Nov 25, 2012
    10
    Damn, it's been 25 years since Dirty Dancing was released. Maybe I could really dance to Jennifer Grey's victory on Season 10 of Dancing WithDamn, it's been 25 years since Dirty Dancing was released. Maybe I could really dance to Jennifer Grey's victory on Season 10 of Dancing With the Stars right about now. And I hope Patrick Swayze is sending big smiles in heaven and reunite with Grey one last time. I miss the 80's, what a great film. Expand
  2. Lyssm
    Oct 15, 2007
    10
    Its a classic..and nothing less. The dancing and the chemistry are amazing. It will live on....and viewers will always catch themselves Its a classic..and nothing less. The dancing and the chemistry are amazing. It will live on....and viewers will always catch themselves rewinding to view scenes another time. Expand
  3. ciara
    Nov 30, 2005
    10
    This is the best film ever.
  4. Maria
    Dec 9, 2008
    10
    I agree with Ciara - this is the best film ever! I can't help watching it when I have a chance. The cast is very nice and Patrick Swayze I agree with Ciara - this is the best film ever! I can't help watching it when I have a chance. The cast is very nice and Patrick Swayze is a perfect man you can dream about. Expand
  5. Nov 28, 2014
    8
    This is my moms favourite movie of all time but for me it's a well done dancing movie. May not be a masterpiece but my mom even want me toThis is my moms favourite movie of all time but for me it's a well done dancing movie. May not be a masterpiece but my mom even want me to give this a 8 (don't now why) but I recommend it if you like 80s dancing movies. Expand
  6. Sep 2, 2014
    7
    There's a reason that Dirty Dancing is still referenced today--it's classic, filled with inspirational performances, dancing and joyous music.There's a reason that Dirty Dancing is still referenced today--it's classic, filled with inspirational performances, dancing and joyous music. Dancing films were a-plenty in the 1980s, but few will be remembered alongside Dirty Dancing. Expand
  7. SeamooseK
    Sep 14, 2009
    0
    It sucks. I did not enjoy this movie. I might've liked it, if i could find any redeeming features. worst. movie. ever.

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