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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

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