• PG-13, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ian Iqbal Rashid
    In Theaters:
    Jan 25, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 29, 2008
  • Paramount Vantage


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How She Move Reviews

Melissa Anderson
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 18, 2008
Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
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When they dance, the effect isn't exuberant release -- every cartilage-crushing stomp-clap gets more and more furious. This is cheerleading in hell.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Original Score: C

January 29, 2008
David Denby
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 28, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 25, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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There's not much that's surprising in How She Move, but watching how she moves is a pleasure.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 25, 2008
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 25, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

January 25, 2008
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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The strong acting, spectacular dance routines and culturally specific details in How She Move turn clichés into catharsis.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

January 25, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

January 25, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D+

January 25, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Though it may sound like it, How She Move is not just another dance-off flick.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A grittier, slightly more real-world version of movies like Step Up, Stomp the Yard, and Save the Last Dance.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 25, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Though the story is predictable, How She Move has two key assets: powerful dance sequences and an emphasis on education.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 25, 2008
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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In the increasingly crowded field of movies based on urban dance, How She Move stands out as a well-written and well-acted drama with an appeal that reaches beyond dance fanatics.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2008
Jason McBride
Globe and Mail
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You might see the ending of How She Move coming from the first frame, but you'll tap your toes the entire way.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 25, 2008
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Doesn't exactly break any new ground. But the terrific dance numbers on display should please its teenage target audience.

January 25, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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She move good!

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

January 24, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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How She Move was nominated for the grand jury and audience award prizes at last year's Sundance Film Festival thanks to its ingratiating sincerity, a winning cast and musical numbers that could rouse the dead. Or even the Norwegian.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 2008
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Anyone who's seen any recent movie about troubled youngsters expressing themselves through dance-offs has essentially already seen this.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

January 24, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 24, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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How She Move proves you can't judge a film by its plot line, even if it sounds suspiciously similar to a few other movies about stomping the yard and dreaming your dream and dancing like you mean it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 24, 2008
John Anderson
Washington Post
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The story itself is a hodgepodge of devices, conceits and half-baked motives, but amid the dissing and the dancing are affecting moments, usually quieter ones, between people at war who shouldn't be.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 24, 2008
Rafer Guzman
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1/4

January 24, 2008
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

January 24, 2008
Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
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No one gets served as much as waited on.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

January 24, 2008
Jim Ridley
Village Voice
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For once, the movie -- written by Annmarie Morais and directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid with a gritty overlay of 16mm grain -- regards book learning as at least as important as physical prowess.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 22, 2008
Justin Chang
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Moody, intelligent take on conventional material.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 25, 2007
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