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  • Summary: A workaholic lawyer's life and marriage take an unexpected twirl when he follows a beautiful woman to a Chicago dance studio and becomes a clandestine ballroom dance competitor. (Miramax)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33
  1. 75
    Conventional as it may be, Shall We Dance? offers genuine delights. The fact that Paulina is uninterested in romance with John comes as sort of a relief, freeing the story to be about something other than the inexorable collision of their genitals.
  2. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    75
    It's an intelligent, funny, mature comedy that wears its heart on its sleeve and makes you care about the inner lives of ridiculously privileged human beings.
  3. 67
    When it works, Shall We Dance? has a way of sweeping you off your feet.
  4. 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.
  5. The warm performances give the film momentum, but writer Audrey Wells and director Peter Chelsom (who chops dance sequences clumsily) often stumble.
  6. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    40
    Occasionally charming but ultimately forgettable bit of fox-trot fluff.
  7. 25
    The low point of the new Shall We Dance comes when Miss Paulina finally confesses why she's so sad.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 8 out of 29
  1. horsth.
    Dec 23, 2005
    7
    Easy entertainment.great music. Afeelgood movie.
  2. Aug 1, 2014
    5
    This 2004 remake is perhaps inferior to the 1996 original film, but is unexpectedly solid due to its skillful performances. Chelsom'sThis 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. Expand

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