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.
| Original Score: 2/5
The formula is so old that you can almost forgive it. What I couldn't forgive is the soap opera/O.C.-like subplots.
| Original Score: 2/4
How She Move is as lazy about its good intentions as most of the other recent dance dramas that may vaguely come to mind.
The dance scenes are fun to watch but the script's not too light on its feet.
If you're only seeing it because your Stomp the Yard DVD broke, you'll still be disappointed.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Beating up on How She Move is like criticizing a 5-year old who just made a Mother's Day card for his mommy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It's actually fairly impressive how many cliches the screenwriter can squeeze into the script.
...has little new going for it beyond a boatload of energy and enthusiasm. And pure formula.
| Original Score: 4/10
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.
| Original Score: D+
Somewhere between the acrobatic dance sequences and lead-footed script of How She Move there exist fleeting glimpses of a serious film that could have been.
| Original Score: 1/4
...a run of the mill film for teens into the music and dancing.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It's a familiar set-up, but while the story falls back on clichés and trite moral messages, a few dance scenes deliver in spectacular style.
This step-dancing drama is mired in cliche, but with its dingy ghetto settings and hardened, despondent young characters, it's marginally more interesting than Stomp the Yard.
How She Move, quite simply, doesn't move. Instead, the dreary, familiar tale unspools in painfully static fashion. If there's a glimmer of imagination here, it's not visible in the finished product.
In its re-edit, Paramount tries to hide the cultural specificity that makes the movie interesting beneath generic 'urban' camouflage.
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.
Disappointing dance drama that suffers from a badly scripted plot, dull performances and poorly choreographed dance routines.
| Original Score: 1/5
No one gets served as much as waited on.
| Original Score: 2/6
When they dance, the effect isn't exuberant release -- every cartilage-crushing stomp-clap gets more and more furious. This is cheerleading in hell.
| Original Score: C