Trade publications VARIETY and the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, have given the film, which is a remake of a hit 1996 Japanese ballroom dancing romance, decidedly mixed reviews - with the Reporter branding it a "dishearteningly sullen, lead-footed mis-step".
Variety's critic TODD McCARTHY writes, "(The) new version (set in Chicago) misses the built-in Japanese cultural restraints that intensified the poignancy the first time around, and central casting issues are dicey."
Lopez, who plays PAULINA, the object of attraction for Richard Gere's character, is barely mentioned in McCarthy's review.
Reporter reviewer MICHAEL RECHTSHAFFEN explains, "While the marketing may suggest otherwise, Lopez figures in only about a third of the film - if that - and her severely underwritten character gives her a lot less to grab onto than costume designer SOPHIE DE RAKOFF CARBONELL's elegant, form-hugging creations."
It is hoped that the movie, which also stars Susan Sarandon and STANLEY TUCCI, will perform better than Lopez and ex-fiance Ben Affleck's 2003 all-round flop Gigli when it's released on 15 October (04).28/09/2004 21:09