How She Move Reviews

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David Denby
New Yorker
January 28, 2008
How She Move was shot on the cheap in 16-mm. film, and some of it is a little drab-looking, but it has energy and bravado.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 28, 2008
In its re-edit, Paramount tries to hide the cultural specificity that makes the movie interesting beneath generic 'urban' camouflage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
January 27, 2008
The thin and predictable plot benefits from likable performances by Wesley, Armstrong, and the rest of the cast, from some distinctive detail about the Caribbean immigrant population and their community, and from some smokin' dance moves.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 25, 2008
As formula films go, How She Move achieves exactly what it sets out to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 25, 2008
A dance movie that tries to push beyond the formula. In that sense, it's certainly a step up.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
January 25, 2008
Carefully mastered steps are combined with an outrageous physicality to create movement that is part tap, rhythmic gymnastics, military precision and even pratfall comedy. The short film, though, detrimentally shoehorns the plot cliche between the dance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 25, 2008
As we replay last year's step-dance hit Stomp the Yard, the ostensible message about working hard in school gets stomped out of the yard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 25, 2008
The dancing is worth sitting through the talking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 25, 2008
There's not much that's surprising in How She Move, but watching how she moves is a pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
January 25, 2008
How She Move isn't a great film or even a terribly well-made film, but it has its moments and, of course, it has the ending it's promised all along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
January 25, 2008
The dance scenes in How She Move are so vibrant and infectious that they glide the movie past its script problems.
| Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 25, 2008
Most of the energy lost through a leaky narrative pours back in the dance sequences, choreographed by Hi Hat, presented competently by director Ian Iqbal Rashid, working with what is obviously a restricted budget.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 25, 2008
Even if the setting is novel and the leads seem authentic, How She Move is all too content to step down a well-worn path.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
January 25, 2008
The strong acting, spectacular dance routines and culturally specific details in How She Move turn clichés into catharsis.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 25, 2008
How She Move gets it right in every dance sequence, but stumbles badly whenever the characters step offstage (or a car hood, or the sidewalk, or wherever they happen to be practicing).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Heck
Kansas City Star
January 25, 2008
Don't go for the plot. Go for the dancing. It's electrifying.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 25, 2008
The story leans into cliché at times and at other times doesn't quite make sense, but there's an energy about How She Move that makes it work regardless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 25, 2008
Honestly, this is a carbon copy of every other 'gotta dance' flick ever made, down to the cheesy emcees who host the big dance-off (it's in Detroit!) and the wannabe heart-tugging conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 25, 2008
Though it may sound like it, How She Move is not just another dance-off flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
January 25, 2008
The plot is serviceable enough, but it's really just an excuse to showcase some remarkably original choreography and athletic dancing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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