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Battle of the Year (2013)



Critic Consensus: With a hopelessly hokey plot and unintentionally hilarious dialogue, Battle of the Year is flimsy even by the standards of the dance movie genre.

Movie Info

Battle of the Year is an international dance crew tournament that attracts all the best teams from around the world, but the Americans haven't won in fifteen years. Los Angeles Hip Hop mogul Dante (Alonso) wants to put the country that started the Sport back on top. He enlists his hard-luck friend Blake (Holloway), who was a championship basketball coach, to coach his team. Armed with the theory that the right coach can make any team champions, they assemble a Dream Team of all the best dancers across the country. With only three months until Battle of the Year, Blake has to use every tactic he knows to get twelve talented individuals to come together as a team if they're going to bring the Trophy back to America where it started. (c) Screen Gemsmore
Rating: PG-13 (for language and some rude behavior)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 10, 2013
Box Office: $8.9M
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Critic Reviews for Battle of the Year

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (20)

its dramatization of a U.S. dream team's journey to the international showcase is leaden with predictable character types and storytelling clichés, neither of which its well-executed but oddly infrequent dance sequences are able to overcome.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
Top Critic

The actual dancing scenes are occasionally electrifying, if far too sparse, but other than that and the welcome sight of co-star Chris Brown getting clocked in the face, the film barely gets off the ground, much less sticks the landing.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A dead-in-the-soul cash grab of a movie set in the competitive world of B-boy dancing that thinks clichés, phony melodrama and product placement can substitute for real storytelling and actual characters.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
MSN Movies
Top Critic

Battle of the Year clearly features lots of brilliant dancers, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy watching them move. But you wish there were more dancing here.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Despite the reasonable dancing scenes and passable acting by singer Chris Brown, Battle Of The Year is a string of clichés, stock characters and unbearable melodrama.

Full Review… | January 28, 2015
FILMINK (Australia)

Even when a dance movie is following the formula as closely as Battle of the Year does, occasionally something you won't get to see anywhere else slips through.

Full Review… | February 14, 2014
The Vine

Audience Reviews for Battle of the Year

Breakdancing is awesome, but this movie is awful. A poor attempt to make kid dancers bond through their passions despite superfluous "street rivalries," Battle of the Year is just tapping into the market and making money from it just like the Step Up series.

Cliche ridden, uninspired and at times unintentionally hilarious. Battle of the year is a dance flick with little dance and serves as just an advert for a dance tournament I never heard of and documentary I never watched (the director of the doc made this movie). Also the line; "We became a family" made me burst.

Jacob Z.
Joetaeb Dubder

11/15/2014: It was ok. Pretty similar storyline to many other dance movies. Some good dancing and some good actors. Chris Brown is not one of them.

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