How She Move Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
January 29, 2008
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 | Original Score: C
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 25, 2008
A grittier, slightly more real-world version of movies like Step Up, Stomp the Yard, and Save the Last Dance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 25, 2008
Though the story is predictable, How She Move has two key assets: powerful dance sequences and an emphasis on education.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
January 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Jason McBride
Globe and Mail
January 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2008
Doesn't exactly break any new ground. But the terrific dance numbers on display should please its teenage target audience.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 24, 2008
She move good!
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 24, 2008
Anyone who's seen any recent movie about troubled youngsters expressing themselves through dance-offs has essentially already seen this.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 24, 2008
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
January 24, 2008
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.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
January 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
January 22, 2008
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.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 25, 2007
Moody, intelligent take on conventional material.