Shall We Dance


Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    Only Lopez, the film's ostensible star, seems to be struggling; she's a lovely dancer, but the only reason Lopez's expressionless performance isn't this sweet picture's downfall is that the script makes so few demands on her.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    An unabashedly old-fashioned entertainment loaded with traditional dancing and music.
  3. An old- fashioned feel-good fantasy that piles on the euphoria.
  4. Considering the talent on both sides of the camera and a story that worked beautifully the first time around, Shall We Dance? should have been a lot better than OK.
  5. 50
    The movie feels choppy and rhythmless. And he's (Chelsom) rather hopeless at dance sequences.
  6. The movie never gives its heart freely and honestly to the satiny whirl of post-"Chicago" showbiz spectacle it so clearly wants to be.
  7. Runs out of breath and collapses into a heap of feel-good endings that turn a soaring feeling into a sinking one. But by then, the audience that adores it will forgive it its sins.
  8. 50
    Shall We Dance?, which roams all over the emotional map without landing anywhere, is an unwieldy mess that gives every impression of having been made under a mandate to fill the Miramax crowd-pleaser slot.
  9. The warm performances give the film momentum, but writer Audrey Wells and director Peter Chelsom (who chops dance sequences clumsily) often stumble.
  10. 40
    Manages to transplant the action to Chicago without completely ruining it, though the emotional impact is largely deflated by the change in cultures.
  11. Even those who have never been exposed to the considerable charms of the Masayuki Suo original will likely find Peter Chelsom's all-American version of Shall We Dance? to be a dishearteningly sullen, lead-footed misstep.
  12. 40
    Chelsom has transformed a low-key charmer into an overblown shtick-com whose idea of restraint only extends to forgoing wacky sound effects, a laugh track, and amplified rim-shots every time a character delivers a wisecrack.
  13. Reviewed by: David Ng
    While Suo's original was hardly a masterpiece, it featured a subtle performance from Koji Yakusho. Gere doesn't even compare, playing the part of a despondent lawyer with the empathy of a mannequin.
  14. 40
    Occasionally charming but ultimately forgettable bit of fox-trot fluff.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 28
  2. Negative: 8 out of 28
  1. horsth.
    Dec 23, 2005
    Easy entertainment.great music. Afeelgood movie.