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Battle of the Year (2013)

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Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 45

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

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 18

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

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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

Dec 10, 2013

$8.9M

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (45)

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.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: TheWrap
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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.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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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.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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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.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Should satisfy the planet of b-boys and girls to whom it thoroughly preaches, while amusing anyone else who simply can't ignore the promise of an all-corn buffet.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Film.com
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The 3-D is a pain, and the excitable editing, slo-mo and speeded-up action frustrate attempts to watch the athleticism on display ...

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

Josh Holloway tries his hardest, God bless him, but Battle of the Year 3D can't even be enjoyed as a blissfully dumb entry in its genre.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

I didn't think it was possible, but "Battle of the Year" is more pandering than the entire "Step Up" series combined...

December 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Dismal, cliché-ridden stuff.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

What could've been a fun '80s throwback ends up more frustrating that it's worth.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Battle of the Year would rather use crowd-shot cutaways to convince you of the dancers' prowess than focusing on the stage.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Like those it imitates, the film includes some energetic dance sequences and formulaic plotting that culminate in the obligatory final competition.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

If director Werner Herzog can do it with 'Rescue Dawn' and 'Little Dieter Needs to Fly,' why can't director Benson Lee?

September 28, 2013 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

In particular, as mentioned, the dance sequences are a mess, which is the kiss of death for a film in this genre.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Battle of the Year is no Step Up 3D. But then, what is?

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

Filled with fancy, if frenetic footwork but weighed down by all-too-familiar plot/characters/dialogue.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Athletic dancing and a patriotic theme make this movie better than it should be.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

Introduce female choreographer. Explore misogyny for 15 seconds. Become uncomfortable with ideas. Disappear female choreographer.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

After months of patient waiting, 2013 has finally produced a movie that's so bad it's good.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Everything else in this pedestrian dance drama is either absurdly corny or just plain moronic, though the feature does win points for being so earnest with its hopeless pile of clichés.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

Eschewing shaded characterization and often basic sense, while establishing what should be the high-water mark for most crotch-grabbing in a single film in 2013.

September 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

There's not nearly enough quality material to make Battle of the Year recommendable to anyone other than the most hard-core of dance fanatics.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

The bar for urban-flavoured dance movies has already been set pretty low, but Battle Of The Year effortlessly leans back and limbos on below it.

September 20, 2013 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

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