Box art for Save The Last Dance

Save The Last Dance

drama, romance


A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    53%
  • Audience Score
    59%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: An admirably heartfelt story with more on its mind than the glory of self-expression.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, January 12, 2001

Fresh: For all its dumb clichs it offers the basic appeal of teen movies: the pleasure of watching kids be kids, acting as they do among themselves instead of how parents and teachers expect them to act.

- Charles Taylor, Salon.com, Friday, January 12, 2001

Rotten: Squanders nice performances by Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas by confining them and the supporting cast to cookie-cutter roles and hackneyed inner-city subplots.

- David Germain, Associated Press, Friday, January 12, 2001

Audience Reviews

0 star

Cliched, contradictory, stereotyped, contrived and boring. Absolute bile and worryingly popular among kids.

- SirPant, Wednesday, March 10, 2010

2 stars

I just found this to be extremely predictable and cheesy. It was an obvious attempt at a modern fairytale, in which the main character pursues her dream. The acting is extremely bad and alarmingly moody. I just felt there was no reason to enjoy this movie.

- ythelastman89, Sunday, November 29, 2009

3 stars

A very good film that mixes a lot of different ideas. Imagine a melting pot of Romeo & Juliet, Bring it on and Boyz n' the hood. It's a good story with a talented young cast and a great feel good film.

- Deano78, Saturday, August 8, 2009