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  • Summary: Sara (Stiles) and Derek (Thomas) come from two different worlds, two different cultures. Yet for all their differences, they share one fervent passion - dance! (Paramount Pictures)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  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. 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.
  3. While it flirts with "After School Special"-ness, at least has the courage to address racial and cultural cliches with a degree of honesty.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Grounded in bedrock formula and earnestness.
  5. It's about as routine a movie as they come, but it features plenty of endorphin-releasing hip-hop choreography as Derek teaches Sara to get jiggy with it.
  6. 50
    An utterly formulaic, teen-oriented romance whose greatest asset is charming leads Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas.
  7. 38
    Recycles every cliché of the genre to sleep-inducing effect.

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Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 116
  2. Negative: 3 out of 116
  1. MegS.
    Jan 20, 2004
    10
    I loved it!
  2. CassandraF.
    Oct 5, 2003
    10
    I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!
  3. DonnaC.
    Sep 2, 2005
    10
    The movie was terrific. I loved that Sara loved Derek, it didn't bother her the color of his skin or what people thought. My favorite scenes are Stepps and the kissing. Expand
  4. BrittanyA.
    Oct 26, 2005
    10
    I thought that the movie was awesome. I thought that the tables stood have been turned around though, and had Sara be black, and Derick be white, because even if we hardily see any interacial dating on film at all in the real world you always see black guys,a nd white girls together. I gave the movie a 10, because it was very good. I liked how no matter what color, or background they were from they weren't ashamed to be in love, and passionate about different types of dance. If there was to be a sequel I hope that the girl is balck an the guy is white. People need to see the tables turned sometimes. Expand
  5. 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 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. Expand
  6. BrianG
    Jan 9, 2006
    10
    I absolutely loved this movie. It's inspirational in a sense, and is the only 'chick flick' I've watched more than once.
  7. NikolaK.
    Jul 7, 2007
    10
    Great movie.

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