Dirty Dancing

Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20

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Critic Reviews

  1. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    90
    Smart and funny, touching and unabashedly sensual... the sweet sleeper of a hot season. [21 Aug 1987]
  2. Dirty Dancing is "Flashdance" with a triple-digit IQ.
  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. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    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]
  5. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    80
    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]
  6. 80
    It's a wonderfully corny story, performed exuberantly by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. When these two get together, you practically have to get out the fire extinguishers.
  7. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    75
    A shapely film, considered and concise. And if its rhetorical slickness eventually covers up its emotional core, that slickness has a pleasure all its own. [21 August 1987]
  8. A poignant and racy movie. The dancing is pretty great, too.
  9. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    75
    The script is full of off-the-wall lines that take you by surprise but are perfect. [21 Aug 1987]
  10. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    If the ending of Eleanor Bergstein's script is too neat and inspirational, the rough energy of the film's song and dance does carry one along, past the whispered doubts of better judgment. [14 Sept 1987]
  11. 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.
  12. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    70
    A warm-heared picture with some hot dancing, some B movie class consciousness, lots of nostalgia and lots of cliches. [3 Sept 1987, p.17(E)]
  13. 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.
  14. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Jack Curry
    63
    Motivations are murky, the dialogue is flat. But the movie never lets too much plot get between the dance numbers. [21 Aug 1987]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. Mar 24, 2016
    7
    Dirty Dancing(1987)
    Starring: Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston, Jane Brucker, Kelly Bishop, Loony
    Dirty Dancing(1987)
    Starring: Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston, Jane Brucker, Kelly Bishop, Loony Price, Max Cantor, Alvin Myerovich, and Paula Trueman
    Directed By: Emile Ardolino
    Review
    HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE
    Hello Kiddies your pal the cupid critic here with one of the most pop cultural hits of the 80s, that I keep mistaking for Footloose which I have not seen.
    The Summer of 2963... Innocent 17-year old Baby(Grey) vacation's with her parents at a Catskill's resort. ne evening she is drawn to the staff quarters by stirring music. There she meets Johnny, the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naïve. Baby soon becomes Johnny's pupil in dance and love.
    Every time I see anyone dancing in this picture I feel like their having sex or are about to have sex because they move like there body's are intertwined and are like "Oh I want you" but when I see Baby and Johnny dancing it's a lot of fun. The film does shine with its incredible choreography I especially love those scenes where Baby and Johnny are doing the mambo. The film does achieve its primary goal for an energetic love number of dance.
    Dirty Dancing is a great film. I give it a 3 and a half out of five.
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  2. Dec 29, 2015
    5
    Yeah, one of those films that everyone seems to find overwhelmingly nostalgic. This being the first time I'd seen it, I felt nothing like thatYeah, one of those films that everyone seems to find overwhelmingly nostalgic. This being the first time I'd seen it, I felt nothing like that apart from that iconic last scene which EVERYONE knows about. I found it funny in places where I don't think it was intended and everything just fell kind of flat for me. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »