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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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  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. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Flirts throughout with cliches, and some of the more melodramatic plot devices creak at the joints. Still, the potency of this pop romantic can't be denied. [24 Aug 1987]
  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. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    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: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Nov 25, 2012
    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 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

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