Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 32
  2. Negative: 11 out of 32
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  1. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    60
    Superficial but entertaining new pic offers equal parts freshness and kitsch appeal set to a pulsating Latin soundtrack.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 50
    It's only possible to have the time of your life once, and, for this franchise, that was in 1987.
  5. 50
    Contains all the elements of a satisfying teen genre picture, but they've been compromised out of existence.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 50
    The movie's mix of erotic Latin dance and vaguely liberal politics should have young girls swooning in the aisles.
  12. Swayze's presence crosses the line from curious to bizarre and adds a heavy layer of cheese to Havana Nights.
  13. 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."
  14. 50
    The plot construction here is especially lazy. The whole movie is built toward the dance competition.
  15. The plot of "Nights" will occupy only 10 or 12 brain cells.
  16. 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.
  17. 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."
  18. It's disappointing the film is so sketchy and underdeveloped. The filmmakers may have sold their story short.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 51
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 51
  3. Negative: 8 out of 51
  1. BeccaS
    Sep 5, 2006
    10
    I love this movie!
  2. LucindaD
    Jun 24, 2006
    10
    This was the best movie ever! I loved it! I really want to learn how to dance that way!
  3. JessicaT.
    May 12, 2006
    10
    I love this movie. It my favorite! It's better than the first one to me. This is the kind of movie you like right from the begining. The I love this movie. It my favorite! It's better than the first one to me. This is the kind of movie you like right from the begining. The music in this movie is great. Full Review »