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Bring It On (2000)

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64

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 116
Fresh: 74 | Rotten: 42

Despite the formulaic, fluffy storyline, this movie is surprisingly fun to watch, mostly due to its high energy and how it humorously spoofs cheerleading instead of taking itself too seriously.

60

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 14

Despite the formulaic, fluffy storyline, this movie is surprisingly fun to watch, mostly due to its high energy and how it humorously spoofs cheerleading instead of taking itself too seriously.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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The hard work, dedication, and personal politics behind "rah rah rah!" and "sis boom bah!" go under the microscope in this engaging teen comedy. Torrance Shipman (Kirsten Dunst) discovers that being captain of her San Diego high school's six-time championship-winning cheerleading squad is more complicated than she had imagined. Torrance's parents want her to spend more time on her homework, her boyfriend wants her to spend more time with him, and she learns that the squad's former captain stole

PG-13,

Comedy

Jessica Bendinger

Feb 13, 2001

$67.9M

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All Critics (119) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (42) | DVD (30)

This earnest and arch story -- so fast paced its formulas are wonderfully obscured -- has an adolescent energy and a tempered sexuality, and it's infused with the moral agenda of a warmly didactic sitcom.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Lightweight, but unexpectedly feelgood.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Who would have thought that a film about competing cheerleading squads would turn out to be the one very pleasant surprise in this very dismal summer season of moviegoing?

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Dunst can't really hold pic together.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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A pretty good movie aside from all the cheese.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate
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The problem with the film is that others have done its routine before, and have done it better.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Smart, sassy movie, but expect raunchy humor, language.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The conclusion may be fairly obvious, but it's largely irrelevant in comparison to how uniquely Bring it On characterizes its teens.

August 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The film just didn't do much to me.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

This is one of the most likable [teen films] ever made not starring John Cusack

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

...the movie coasts along on a surprisingly clever script and sure-handed direction.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

There may not be any championships in store for this film, but it's definitely a winner.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

The dancing is well choreographed, but the story would have better succeeded in choosing an angle or two and sticking with it.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

A moderately entertaining, mostly inoffensive piece of filmmaking.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The cheering is occasionally spectacular and the principals' acting is above the material.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Bring It On amazes not just for its political sophistication but for its refusal to beg credit points for being smart.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Bring It On spins off one sly little joke after another, and the smart ensemble makes every one of them work.

December 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Nowhere near funny enough to succeed as a comedy, nor serious enough to work as a drama.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Not ''about'' anything, unless you count obsessive shots of nubile, scantily clad bodies in motion.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Comment (1)
Cincinnati Enquirer

Three cheers for Bring It On.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

sassy fun, with a script by first-time screenwriter Jessica Bendinger that's almost shockingly sophisticated for a film destined to play almost exclusively to teens.

June 15, 2002 Full Review Source: James Sanford on Film
James Sanford on Film

For as much as it fails on every conceivable level as a movie, the fact that it never really knows how bad it is gives it an almost irresistibly idiotic charm.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

There's hardly a shred of fresh material in this latest cinematic expose on cheerleading.

April 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for Bring It On

Saw this sometime about 10 years ago, and all I remember is cheerleaders cheering. It was not a memorable film, and I did not enjoy it at the time.
August 30, 2013
ajv2688

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A decent little comedy and one of the early dance films which are very popular now. Thankfully the main lead characters rise this slightly above your average teen comedy.
August 25, 2012
Deano78

Super Reviewer

Quite entertaining despite being a cheerleader film.
December 3, 2011
Raajay

Super Reviewer

A film I will always be able to go back to to remember my teenage years. Whilst I am not American and have never been a cheerleader, it's a deep rooted dream of all teenage girls to perform and be loved by people. Whilst it is cheesy and predictable it's something that is an easy and uplifting watch.
October 22, 2011
StarCrossedVoyager

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    1. Big Red: I'm sexy, I'm cute, / I'm popular to boot.
    2. Torrance Shipman: I'm bitchin', great hair, / The boys all love to stare, / I'm wanted, I'm hot, / I'm everything you're not, / I'm pretty, I'm cool, / I dominate this school, / Who am I? Just guess, / Guys wanna touch my chest, / I'm rockin', I smile, / And many think I'm vile, / I'm flyin', I jump, / You can look but don't you hump, / Whoo / I'm major, I roar, / I swear I'm not a whore, / We cheer and we lead, / We act like we're on speed, / Hate us 'cause we're beautiful, / Well we don't like you either, / We're cheerleaders, / We are cheerleaders. /Roll call...
    3. Big Red: Call me Big Red.
    4. Whitney Dow: I'm W-W-W-W-Whitney.
    5. Courtney Egbert: C-C-C-C-Courtney. [Courtney makes cat snarl]
    6. Darcy: Dude, it's Darcy.
    7. Kasey: Just call me Kasey!
    8. Big Red: I'm... still Big Red, / I sizzle, I scorch, / But now I pass the torch, / The ballots are in, / And one girl has to win, / She's perky, she's fun, / And now she's number one, / K-K-Kick it Torrance, / T-T-T-Torrance!
    9. Torrance Shipman: I'm strong and I'm loud, / I'm gonna make you proud, / I'm T-T-T-Torrance, / Your captain Torrance.
    10. Torrance Shipman: Let's go Toros. /We are the Toros, / The Mighty Mighty Toros, / We're so terrific, / We must be Toros.
    – Submitted by Bria M (22 months ago)
    1. Whitney Dow: She puts the 'itch' in bitch.
    2. Courtney Egbert: She puts the 'whore' in horrifying.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Big Red: What are you doing?! You're wrecking everything I built!
    2. Aaron: Hey, hey, it's not totally her fault. I was the one that hooked her up--
    3. Big Red: This season should have been gravy. I hand picked the squad. I delivered an idiot-proof routine. Platter, Nationals, hello?
    4. Torrance Shipman: Don't you mean the stolen routine?
    5. Big Red: Oh, don't be so naive, Torrance. Look the truth is I was a real leader, okay. I did hat I needed to do to win at Nationals and ever since i handed the reigns over to you, you've run my squad straight into the ground. If i made any mistakes at being a team leader, it wasn't borrowing cheers. It was announcing you as my successor.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Missy Pantone: [Looks out the window] Shut up! You don't have it yet! You don't have it! Give it up already! [Pulls drapes shut]
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Isis: Where we come from, 'Cheer' is not a word we hear very often.
    2. Lava: They should call us, 'inspiration-leaders' instead.
    3. Jenelope: Oh that's deep I like that.
    4. LaFred: I don't know why we writing to some talk show host, it's like we beggin for charity or something.
    5. Isis: It's not charity. Pauletta Pattin is from our neighborhood.
    6. Lava: She'll understand why we need the money.
    7. LaFred: Tell her we need to buy doughnut, her big butt understand that.
    8. Jenelope: Aha, stop being counterproductive, aight.
    9. LaFred: Lava, stop teaching her these big words before she choke on'em.
    10. Jenelope: Better I choke you, Lafred.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Torrance Shipman: I guess that's it. You were too busy to believe in me. Oh no, wait. You weren't too busy to sell me out to Courtney and Whitney were you? Well, I hope You're not too busy to hear this. Kiss my ass, Aaron, it's over. [pushes the door open] You're a great cheerleader Aaron, it's just that maybe you're just not 'boyfriend' material. Buh bye.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
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