Battle of the Year Reviews
June 13, 2014
If you'd have told me I'd spend a Friday night watching a poorly-made breakdancing/hip hop/whatever movie, never in my life would I have believed it. Until about 8-11 years ago. I'll never get these two hours of my life back.
May 9, 2014
If you like the dance movies, you will like this one. It's okay, not really the same drama that goes on in the dance movies normally, but it was still okay.
October 13, 2013
The people who went to see this movie probably went to see it for Chris Brown. I, however, went to see it for Josh Holloway. Yes, it's true. I went to see a movie because I liked the actor. Call me a hypocrite, but to be perfectly honest, he is probably the only reason the movie turned out okay in my opinion. It started out good. I was interested in seeing how the team came together to compete. I loved the positive outlook the movie had. It was kind of sweet! I wish more movies had such kindness. That is one thing this movie has that I really appreciate and love. However, I felt like the movie dragged. I was sitting in the theater thinking, "is it over yet?" The ending was predictable. It had some parts that were so laughable but not in a good way. I felt like the woman who played the dance instructor was not necessary in this film. In the beginning, you might like what you see. I did. But once you get a little more into it, you might fall asleep. All in all, it was an okay movie.
February 15, 2014
The routines are alright but the storyboard is still stuck in the same truckload of cliche dance movies that populated the previous decade. Still waiting on something groundbreaking.
January 8, 2014
This was mediocre, and I love dance movies. Coach Blake's hackneyed speeches get even more hackneyed (and even longer) as the movie goes on. The dancing was cool, but this is no Honey!
December 17, 2013
The dance could have been better and they really mad the movie all about Chris Brown. Really hope the next movie is better.
September 26, 2013
I was quite surprised Chris Brown and D-Trix didn't last the entire film as well as the ending...soooooo I'm guessing there will be a sequel???
September 18, 2013
What's my reaction to a dance competition movie following a team coached by Sawyer from 'Lost' you ask? It's mostly this: BWAHAHAHAHAHA
With loads of horrific exposition, hilariously unnecessary reaction shots, and spoon-feeding the audience every little bit of story and character development imaginable, 'Battle of the Year' is hardly impressive filmmaking. That being said, one doesn't go to a 'Fast and the Furious' movie for the drama and you certainly wouldn't go to this for the story. This is all about cute guys dancing and dammit they're really good at it so the movie at least has that going for it.
My biggest regret though is that they never go forward with the cheesy plot twist that you'll expect to happen from the very beginning! Here's hoping Franklyn (with a y!) gets to step up in the sequel...
February 9, 2015
I just burst out laughing when the line "We became a family." was uttered with a straight face.
January 30, 2015
Not that bad, but not the best dance battle movie that I have seen.
August 14, 2013
Wow, they can dance, its not a sport, but they can dance.
September 6, 2014
This movie sucks horribly. Josh Holloway what are you doing in this piece of crap with the awful Chris Brown.
August 18, 2014
You need to dance as a team... So during the dance performances we will only highlight: 'Casper' and Anis (Screw the people you want to see actually dance...Steve Terada) can't tell who they are? Don't worry they will be the only people wearing different clothing. With a sub plot only involving: Chris Brown and 'Do-Knock'. Plus Josh Peck showing his unseen "Red Dawn" acting. This movie is ultimately setting up a who's who finale with all the non-jabberwockeez ABDC members + Chris Brown and a plausible Josh Peck showing some moves build up to a literal GO F Yourself performance. What world do I have to live in to see Chris Brown actually participate in a Dance Finale battle? Oh maybe he will make it back in time? Let's keep watching.... *spoiler* / *Time Saver* he doesn't and Peck does nothing.
May 19, 2014
i thought it was a great movie, good watch, good inspirational movie
March 17, 2014
+2.5 for actors dancing like real. I can't do any other plus for obvious the reason that you will find on rottentomatoes
February 21, 2014
Battle of the Year is a 3D dance film from Korean-American filmmaker Benson Lee that is itself "inspired" by Lee's own 2007 documentary 'Planet B Boy' about an international dancing competition that shares its name with the title of this film. In the film Battle of the Year, Hip Hop mogul Dante Graham (Laz Alonso - Avatar, Jarhead) wants to win Battle of the Year, a crew dance competition held every year in Paris that has never been won before by an American dance crew even though the competition and the origins of the dance styles are both American. Although winning would be nearly impossible, Dante believes that using a coach (Josh Holloway - 'Lost') who has put together and coached championship basketball teams in the past would be America's best bet at winning the BOTY. So ... there is a lot of dancing (some is actually pretty awesome) and rivalries and squabbles and personal demons and poorly-written melodrama and dialogue on display here. The film is highly predictable and it is one of those movies in which everything just falls right into place. I have not seen Lee's original documentary but I will make the assumption that there is more there than there is here - at least there would be some substance there (and Chris Brown wouldn't be in it). The Battle here is even caring.
February 11, 2014
Less impressive and unconvincing, a dance flick not surpassing amongst the rest of its genre.
January 24, 2014
In the beginning this movie is showing that the US has lost to Korea and isn't as good as them and they are making a dream team for the US to battle at the "Battle of the Year."
This movie is called "Battle of the Year" and it's about a group of b boys that audition for a spot on the US b boy team for the Battle of the Year in France. These boys go through so much training and they first started out with 22 people and each Friday they took out a person ending with the total amount of 13 boys on the team. They trained starting at 6am and ended very late at night. When they got to France they were battling and there were only 4 teams that made it to the finals and they were one of the teams.
The theme of this is that its not about "I" in a team it's about "us" in a team and that nothing can be better than being a team with everyone acting like a family. The outcome is different.
The film's overall appearance was really amazing. They did well having slow motion stuff and sped up scenes. The camera did well considering they were dancing which was extremely interesting.
I personally really enjoyed this because it was a dance movie and dance is my life. If you are a dancer or really enjoy dancing it's really interesting to watch the style b boy and what kind of moves they can do. It's quite interesting how there is so many art forms you can do with your body and to be able to do stunts and spin on one hand is rad. I loved this movie a lot.
- LB, 8th Grade Student
January 22, 2014
Wow... That was a new level of bad!