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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)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. 75
    Sure, you've seen some of these moves before, but Save the Last Dance triumphantly passes the audition.
  2. 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.
  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: Wesley Morris
    50
    The result is more like an epic "After School Special" -- preachy, runny and oddly warm.
  5. 50
    Takes its cues from the musical dramas of the '70s, but this otherwise engaging young-adult romance never quite catches Saturday night fever.
  6. 50
    Thomas' easygoing warmth helps to melt Stiles' icy veneer, and one of Dance's few pleasures is an extended musical segment where she tries to ape his homeboy posturings.
  7. 38
    Recycles every cliché of the genre to sleep-inducing effect.

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Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 117
  2. Negative: 3 out of 117
  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 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 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. Collapse
  5. NikolaK.
    Jul 7, 2007
    10
    Great movie.
  6. 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. Expand
  7. Apr 7, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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 Expand

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