Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33
  1. This is a "What were they thinking?"-size disaster, with the wrong actors in the wrong roles in a project that had no reason to be remade in the USA.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Do yourself a favor and rent the 1996 original from Japan instead.
  3. Now, forcibly deported to Chicago and peopled with American stars, the same story is huffed and puffed and squeezed into an entirely different cultural context. Guess what? Sayonara sushi, hello turkey.
  4. A remarkably ill-advised remake.
  5. 25
    What's left is a lot of strenuous playacting when what's called for is the finesse of the Japanese original. Skip this stub-toed substitute.
  6. Falls flat, with more "sound design" than delicious music, more slick film editing than graceful ballroom gliding.
  7. 25
    The low point of the new Shall We Dance comes when Miss Paulina finally confesses why she's so sad.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 8 out of 29
  1. Aug 1, 2014
    This 2004 remake is perhaps inferior to the 1996 original film, but is unexpectedly solid due to its skillful performances. Chelsom's direction is decent and more impressive than the original's, as are dancing numbers. Full Review »