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Battle of the Year (2013)

TOMATOMETER

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

Critics 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.

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

Critics 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.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 17,256

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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 … More

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
Runtime:
Sony Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Battle of the Year

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.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
TheWrap
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

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.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
Film.com
Top Critic

The 3-D is a pain, and the excitable editing, slo-mo and speeded-up action frustrate attempts to watch the athleticism on display ...

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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

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.

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

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

Full Review… | December 12, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Dismal, cliché-ridden stuff.

Full Review… | November 11, 2013
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | November 11, 2013
Total Film

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

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Flicks.co.nz

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

Full Review… | September 30, 2013
Cinemalogue.com

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

Full Review… | September 28, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 27, 2013
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review… | September 27, 2013
CraveOnline

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

Full Review… | September 26, 2013
SSG Syndicate

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

Full Review… | September 25, 2013
jackiekcooper.com

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

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
Movies.com

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

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 21, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
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