Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights


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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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 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."
  3. The plot of "Nights" will occupy only 10 or 12 brain cells.
  4. 50
    The movie's mix of erotic Latin dance and vaguely liberal politics should have young girls swooning in the aisles.
  5. 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.
  6. A pelvis-gyrating, ponytail-releasing, shirt-unbuttoning good time.
  7. This belated "reimagining" is as beguiling as a dried-out palm tree.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    This cinematic train wreck reminds me of when Hollywood decided to cash in on the success of “Chinatown” by making a sequel...
  11. 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."
  12. 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."
  13. 38
    In the end, they are only moments, and even at a merciful 86 minutes, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights feels formidably long.
  14. Has some good music and hot dancing -- filmed choppily -- but it completely lacks the magic of its predecessor.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    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.
  17. 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.
  18. 50
    It's only possible to have the time of your life once, and, for this franchise, that was in 1987.
  19. 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.
  20. 50
    The plot construction here is especially lazy. The whole movie is built toward the dance competition.
  21. Swayze's presence crosses the line from curious to bizarre and adds a heavy layer of cheese to Havana Nights.
  22. 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.
  23. 50
    Contains all the elements of a satisfying teen genre picture, but they've been compromised out of existence.
  24. 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. It's disappointing the film is so sketchy and underdeveloped. The filmmakers may have sold their story short.
  26. 30
    It's one of the rare films for which a blooper reel would be redundant.
  27. 50
    Katey and Javier's dramatically expedient relationship is nowhere near as interesting as the Cuban Revolution, which is relegated to window dressing.
  28. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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.
  29. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Superficial but entertaining new pic offers equal parts freshness and kitsch appeal set to a pulsating Latin soundtrack.
  30. 20
    Havana Nights es mucho frío -- the only titter of excitement comes in a cameo from a strangely reptilian Patrick Swayze.
  31. 30
    The movie is still a routine Hollywood high school morality play.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 68 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
    I love this movie!
  2. LucindaD
    Jun 24, 2006
    This was the best movie ever! I loved it! I really want to learn how to dance that way!
  3. JessicaT.
    May 12, 2006
    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 »