Save the Last Dance (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Save the Last Dance2001

Save the Last Dance (2001)



Critic Consensus: This teen romance flick feels like a predictable rehashing of other movies.

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A 17-year-old high-school student sets her sights on being a professional ballerina, but she has to put her plans on hold when her mother is killed in a car accident and she is forced to move to her father's bleak Chicago neighborhood. Intimidated by inner-city life, she turns to the clubs for refuge, where she meets a young black man who shares her love for dancing. As their mutual respect evolves, they soon discover that peer pressure is a more formidable obstacle to romance than differences in race or class.

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Fredro Starr
as Malakai
Vince Green
as Snookie
Dorothy Martin
as Momma Dean
Kim Tlusty
as Lindsay
Felicia Fields
as Woman on Train
Ora Jones
as Mrs. Gwynn
Tab Baker
as Mr. Campbell
Andrew Rothenberg
as Stern Judge
Mekdes Bruk
as Lakisha
Ronald Ray
as Stepps Slacker
Richmond Talauega
as Stepps Dancer
Brenda Pickleman
as Older Disgusted Woman
Julie Greenberg
as Gymnastics Teacher
Anna Paskevska
as Ballet Instructor
Malaika Paul
as Basketball Player
Jennifer Echols
as Lavatory Girl
Ellie Weingardt
as Ballet Judge's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Save the Last Dance

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (37)

Formulaic teen romance with an MTV spin.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

As teen melodrama, well, Carter's film is what it is; but for such a mainstream black-consciousness movie, at least it doesn't shy from addressing some touchy issues about masculinity, parenthood, and black attitudes to whites.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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To the film's credit, it tries, and while it never really sings, it does deliver the dance.

March 10, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

A refreshingly friendly view of a romance between people of different pigmentation, an area where more respectable pictures still wimp out.

March 22, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4

It's just a pity for the actors and the audience that the theme of conquering one's background, prejudices, and limitations has to be spelled out in block capitals.

April 16, 2001 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Patronising hybrid of a myriad of other teen movies. Don't bother, just watch them instead.

March 30, 2001 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Save the Last Dance

Nice little movie. Have watched this one a few times over the years, and I don't especially like dance movies. This one has a good story outside the dancing, being about an aspiring ballerina whose mother dies, leaving her to live with her father she barely knows. He lives in a mostly black neighborhood so a lot of this is about her struggles to fit in as virtually the only white girl in school. There's a lot to say about racism and I think this movie does quite a nice job. Julia is lovely and the relationship between her and the brother of her new friend is believable. You really hope to see it work out for them.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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One of the original film to blend love with dance in the modern-day millenium era. Stiles and Patrick Thomas' on-screen duo floats gracefully like any other partnered dance routine. The script, though predictable, still provided emotion to bring you to your feet. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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Jason Spencer

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