Vestron Pictures | Release Date: August 25, 1987 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
65
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 20 Critics
Positive:
14
Mixed:
5
Negative:
1
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Smart and funny, touching and unabashedly sensual... the sweet sleeper of a hot season. [21 Aug 1987]
80
Flirts throughout with cliches, and some of the more melodramatic plot devices creak at the joints. Still, the potency of this pop romantic can't be denied. [24 Aug 1987]
80
The dancing itself, especially the dirty dancing, choreographed by Kenny Ortega, looks very contemporary, or, at least, as contemporary as "Saturday Night Fever," but it has a drive and a pulse that give the filim real excitement. [21 Aug 1987, p.C3]
75
A shapely film, considered and concise. And if its rhetorical slickness eventually covers up its emotional core, that slickness has a pleasure all its own. [21 August 1987]
75
The script is full of off-the-wall lines that take you by surprise but are perfect. [21 Aug 1987]
70
If the ending of Eleanor Bergstein's script is too neat and inspirational, the rough energy of the film's song and dance does carry one along, past the whispered doubts of better judgment. [14 Sept 1987]
70
A warm-heared picture with some hot dancing, some B movie class consciousness, lots of nostalgia and lots of cliches. [3 Sept 1987, p.17(E)]
63
USA TodayJack Curry
Motivations are murky, the dialogue is flat. But the movie never lets too much plot get between the dance numbers. [21 Aug 1987]
50
Details of the 1963 period are weakly handled, though, and the ending is as false as it is sentimental. [21 Aug 1987]
50
Starts smart and ends dumb. [24 Aug 1987, p.79]