Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
Watch On
  1. 75
    Above all, this is a movie where the characters ask the same questions we do: They're as smart about themselves as we are.
  2. 75
    Sure, you've seen some of these moves before, but Save the Last Dance triumphantly passes the audition.
  3. 63
    All in all it's a decent, well-put-together romantic drama to hold hands to on the weekend.
  4. While it flirts with "After School Special"-ness, at least has the courage to address racial and cultural cliches with a degree of honesty.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    The most traditional of Hollywood romances, in that it's resolutely about nice people with nice problems.
  6. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    70
    Breaks virtually no new narrative ground, yet treads the familiar territory it does cover with grace, style, wit and fun.
  7. The story comes full circle in a way that might seem overly schematic did it not have the courage to wear its heart on its sleeve without losing its head.
  8. This is a spirited, dirty dance between the polished inauthenticity of Hollywood romance-musicals and hip-hop's central tenet: keeping it real. It's an intriguing combination, if nothing else.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 188 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 117
  2. Negative: 3 out of 117
  1. Apr 7, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. love this film, and the fact it touches on the fact that people are still about the colour of your skin and overcoming that, makes it all the more a good film to watch Full Review »
  2. NikolaK.
    Jul 7, 2007
    10
    Great movie.
  3. MiaT.
    Jun 2, 2006
    10
    This is the coolest movie ever i really like the dancing, it proves that no matter what color you are you can be accepted, i mean she was This is the coolest movie ever i really like the dancing, it proves that no matter what color you are you can be accepted, i mean she was acceptd before she learned how they are she fit in right away she just had to open up and once she did everyone realized how great of a person she was. What an amazing movie, i really likes the song true colors it was inspiring and i liked the part which is my favorite is where sara and derek do the competition dance that was so cool and i learned that dance. Full Review »