Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 32
  2. Negative: 11 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    75
    A pelvis-gyrating, ponytail-releasing, shirt-unbuttoning good time.
  2. Sufficiently original and engaging to be called merely "Havana Nights" but will no doubt get a boost by the reference to the popular 1987 "Dirty Dancing."
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    60
    This sweet, sometimes clunky chick flick is a likable teen romance, but not likely to arouse the giddy swoons Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey generated back in ’87.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    60
    Superficial but entertaining new pic offers equal parts freshness and kitsch appeal set to a pulsating Latin soundtrack.
  5. Even as the prosaic script gets lost in the intoxicating fantasy of the bloodless revolution, the hot heartbeat of the music drives the film with pure energy.
  6. Reviewed by: Guy Ferland
    50
    Luna and Garai struggle to look like they're having the time of their life. But the movie, more wan than wicked, proves you can't go home again.
  7. 50
    [Garai and Luna] must be given credit for their presence and charisma in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, and together with the film's general ambiance, they do a lot to make amends for the lockstep plot.
  8. Swayze's presence crosses the line from curious to bizarre and adds a heavy layer of cheese to Havana Nights.
  9. 50
    Bland though it is, "Havana Nights" could be the start of a globe-bettering franchise -- and across history, too: "Dirty Dancing: Monticello Mornings"; "Dirty Dancing: Gaza Strip Afternoons."
  10. 50
    It's only possible to have the time of your life once, and, for this franchise, that was in 1987.
  11. The plot of "Nights" will occupy only 10 or 12 brain cells.
  12. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    50
    Katey and Javier's dramatically expedient relationship is nowhere near as interesting as the Cuban Revolution, which is relegated to window dressing.
  13. Not a sequel, not a prequel, but a "reimagining" as the producers say. And they're basically correct, although I wouldn't put any real emphasis on the "imagination" aspect of that term.
  14. There are two sparks of light amid the trifling dialogue and bad faux-'80s love-on-the-beach montages in Havana Nights, and they are the film's costars.
  15. 50
    The plot construction here is especially lazy. The whole movie is built toward the dance competition.
  16. 50
    Contains all the elements of a satisfying teen genre picture, but they've been compromised out of existence.
  17. 50
    The movie's mix of erotic Latin dance and vaguely liberal politics should have young girls swooning in the aisles.
  18. At its best during the anachronistic nightclub scenes and anytime prolonged dancing is on screen. It's mostly music video stuff, but the young actors are likable enough, and the film works up just enough momentum to give it some significance.
  19. It's disappointing the film is so sketchy and underdeveloped. The filmmakers may have sold their story short.
  20. 40
    The dance sequences might have saved it, were it not for the fact that director Guy Ferland seems to have learned everything he knows about (over) shooting and (blindly) cutting such scenes from watching "Moulin Rouge" and "Chicago."
  21. 38
    In the end, they are only moments, and even at a merciful 86 minutes, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights feels formidably long.
  22. About three-quarters of the way through, Havana Nights suddenly becomes laugh-out-loud awful, with dreadful, lame lines delivered painfully badly - as if a different screenwriter and director had taken over for the movie's final act.
  23. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    If you can't find a more scintillating brand of dirty to enjoy during your own nights (Helena or Hoboken), you're not trying very hard.
  24. Reviewed by: Jennie Punter
    38
    Despite being set in 1958 Cuba, Havana Nights sticks to the formula. This would be perfectly acceptable if the dancing was "dirtier" and if there was a spark between the young couple.
  25. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    30
    This cinematic train wreck reminds me of when Hollywood decided to cash in on the success of “Chinatown” by making a sequel...
  26. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    30
    Silly, misguided, formulaic and largely a piece of trash, but it's not quite a disaster. There's the dancing and the music and the sunlight.
  27. 30
    It's one of the rare films for which a blooper reel would be redundant.
  28. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    30
    The movie is still a routine Hollywood high school morality play.
  29. This belated "reimagining" is as beguiling as a dried-out palm tree.
  30. Has some good music and hot dancing -- filmed choppily -- but it completely lacks the magic of its predecessor.
  31. Reviewed by: Tricia Romano
    20
    Havana Nights es mucho frío -- the only titter of excitement comes in a cameo from a strangely reptilian Patrick Swayze.

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