| Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
There's not much that's surprising in How She Move, but watching how she moves is a pleasure.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
The strong acting, spectacular dance routines and culturally specific details in How She Move turn clichés into catharsis.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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).
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+
Though it may sound like it, How She Move is not just another dance-off flick.
| Original Score: 3/4
A grittier, slightly more real-world version of movies like Step Up, Stomp the Yard, and Save the Last Dance.
Though the story is predictable, How She Move has two key assets: powerful dance sequences and an emphasis on education.
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.
You might see the ending of How She Move coming from the first frame, but you'll tap your toes the entire way.
Doesn't exactly break any new ground. But the terrific dance numbers on display should please its teenage target audience.
She move good!
| Original Score: B+
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.
Anyone who's seen any recent movie about troubled youngsters expressing themselves through dance-offs has essentially already seen this.
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 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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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
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.
No one gets served as much as waited on.
| Original Score: 2/6
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.
Moody, intelligent take on conventional material.