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Footloose Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

This remake could have audiences tapping their feet... as they wait for it to end.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 30, 2013
Sam Worley
Chicago Reader
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The movie plays like a slightly degraded version of the original: the dialogue is a little lamer, the acting a little poorer.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 13, 2011
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies

I'm sure there was some great choreography and some great dancing that went into this movie. You don't see any of it.

Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

January 4, 2012
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

While there's definite energy in the dance sequences, the hokum outweighs the exuberance.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 13, 2011
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Is there any thing lamer than rebelling exactly the same way that your parents did? ... This is not to elevate the original Footloose beyond its modest, corny self, but the remake feels pointedly useless.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: D

October 7, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This 2011 version is so similar - sometimes song for song and line for line - that I was wickedly tempted to reprint my 1984 review, word for word.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 13, 2011
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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While it's true that few viewers will venture into a theater showing this remake for the story, the screenplay should not be a detriment to enjoyment. Less talking and more dancing would have made for a more footloose and fancy-free environment.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 11, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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When a film depends on feeling something between the photogenic but antiseptic Wormald and Hough, and you don't, you realize why that film may come up short in ways unrelated to dance training.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 13, 2011
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

I'm sure there are plenty of people who will say that the original version was so much better than this one and they may be right, but I'm certainly in no hurry to prove it.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2/4

October 16, 2011
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine

As far as acting goes, these kids certainly can dance.

Full Review Source: OK! Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

October 12, 2011
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

Following the script of the original as if it were an Arthur Murray dance diagram, Brewer's do-over is at its root a very capable display of painting by numbers.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 14, 2011
Clay Cane
BET.com

I never want to dance again.

Full Review Source: BET.com | Original Score: D

October 14, 2011
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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"Footloose" has the look and feel of an OK basic cable movie."

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 2/5

October 14, 2011
Craig Mathieson
The Age (Australia)

Wormald and Hough don't look or dance like adolescents letting off steam; their professionalism overwhelms what should be a simple pleasure. The film sometimes has the same problem.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 12, 2011
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies

You either go all the way with it or simply roll your eyes when confronted by its terrible, cynical crassness.

Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies

January 13, 2012
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

This is a squeaky clean teen movie, really. I was amazed at how people don't know how to direct dance these days.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 5, 2011
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

Footloose is kind of like eating imitation crab. The taste is there, but it's just not quite right.

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 3/5

October 14, 2011
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

It feels like a film walking in the shoes of its predecessor with a slightly sassier spring in its step. But at a certain point in the final act, this remake seems to forget why we're all watching.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

October 7, 2011
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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It's startling how badly the dance numbers and action sequences are staged, shot and cut.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

October 12, 2011
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

It's as if the filmmakers decided, 'We're sticking with the basic script, but this ain't your mama's 'Footloose.'

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B-

November 8, 2011
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