Battle of the Year Reviews

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Anthony Morris
The Vine
February 14, 2014
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.
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
September 19, 2013
It's undeniable that the good-natured "Afterschool Special" vibe here plays to the film's corny strengths, and the dancing is impressive. So much so that it's almost impossible not to cheer during the final round.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
September 18, 2013
The dorky, jingoistic charm wins points just for daring to dress the team in red, white and blue Kangols while the judges scream, "Korea strikes back with an aerial assault!"
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Eden Caceda
FILMINK (Australia)
January 28, 2015
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.
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine
February 6, 2014
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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 12, 2013
I didn't think it was possible, but "Battle of the Year" is more pandering than the entire "Step Up" series combined...
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
November 11, 2013
Dismal, cliché-ridden stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
November 11, 2013
What could've been a fun '80s throwback ends up more frustrating that it's worth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Liam Maguren
October 10, 2013
Battle of the Year would rather use crowd-shot cutaways to convince you of the dancers' prowess than focusing on the stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
September 30, 2013
Like those it imitates, the film includes some energetic dance sequences and formulaic plotting that culminate in the obligatory final competition.
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
September 28, 2013
If director Werner Herzog can do it with 'Rescue Dawn' and 'Little Dieter Needs to Fly,' why can't director Benson Lee?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
September 27, 2013
In particular, as mentioned, the dance sequences are a mess, which is the kiss of death for a film in this genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Witney Seibold
September 27, 2013
Battle of the Year is no Step Up 3D. But then, what is?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
September 26, 2013
Filled with fancy, if frenetic footwork but weighed down by all-too-familiar plot/characters/dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jackie K. Cooper
September 25, 2013
Athletic dancing and a patriotic theme make this movie better than it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Dave White
September 24, 2013
Introduce female choreographer. Explore misogyny for 15 seconds. Become uncomfortable with ideas. Disappear female choreographer.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 23, 2013
After months of patient waiting, 2013 has finally produced a movie that's so bad it's good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Brian Orndorf
September 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: C
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Todd Gilchrist
September 23, 2013
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.
Brent Simon
Screen International
September 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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