Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
Watch On
  1. 38
    If Flashdance had spent just a little more effort getting to know the heroine of its story, and a little less time trying to rip off "Saturday Night Fever," it might have been a much better film.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    38
    Punchy, cleverly stylized, but utterly empty yarn about a feisty young woman who welds by day, disco-dances by night, and dreams of the day when she can devote her life to her art.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Godfrey
    38
    Cranked up at double speed, the plot of Flashdance could almost be a satirical fantasy about dance students. Although Flashdance doesn't admit it's a fantasy, neither does it succeed in looking realistic. [16 Apr 1983, p.E5]
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    30
    Like Saturday Night Fever and, for that matter, the Rocky films, Flashdance has made it big by taking experiences of black youths and playing them in whiteface. But unlike its grittily romantic predecessors, Flashdance is pure glitz.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    25
    Although the "story" is almost wholly without depth or plausibility, it's carried off with great style.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 3 out of 3
  1. Mar 4, 2011
    1
    I saw this on TV many years after it came out in the....80's? Not good at all. All it did was promote ripped shirts and big hair and wildI saw this on TV many years after it came out in the....80's? Not good at all. All it did was promote ripped shirts and big hair and wild dancing everyone did for a good laugh. Full Review »
  2. JoshuaE.
    Jun 17, 2010
    0
    Could not stay awake thru this borring, poorly thought out film.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Apr 6, 2008
    3
    An extended music video with about three minutes of plot. Flashy but not trashy.