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Step Up (2006)



Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 83

This trite teen romance has too little plot and not enough dancing.


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 25

This trite teen romance has too little plot and not enough dancing.



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An aspiring ballerina from a wealthy family learns some lessons about both dancing and life from a roughneck with soul in this teen drama. Tyler Gage (Channing Tatum) grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in a rough section of Baltimore, and has been in and out of trouble with the law most of his life. Finding himself before the judge yet again, Tyler is sentenced to 200 hours of community service, and he ends up mopping floors at the Maryland School of the Arts. Tyler catches the eye of Nora



Duane Adler, Melissa Rosenberg

Dec 19, 2006


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While Tatum has rough charm, Dewan is more dancer than actress.

October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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Fletcher ably blends ballet and hip-hop, but the filming itself is often clumsy, and Tatum's relentless African American impersonation quickly wears out its welcome.

August 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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For a movie about dancing, Step Up is pretty clumsy on its feet.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Step Up may sizzle on the dance floor, but when the dancing stops, the film fizzles.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A lot of movies are derivative. What makes Step Up particularly dispiriting is that it has almost nothing fresh to add.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It's almost as wrong-headed as it is pre-fabricated.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Displays atypical laziness and tone-deaf direction for a feature concerning the electric boogaloo secrets of the underprivileged.

August 19, 2012 Full Review Source:

Even if the picture breaks no new ground, the verve of the actors and their fancy footwork is half the battle.

July 24, 2012 Full Review Source:

Clichéd dance movie with some fun moves.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The dance numbers are high octane, and the characters are likable enough to make us want to hang with them through a plot we've seen so many times before it's like movie muscle memory takes over.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Predictable dance melodrama with little to recommend it.

February 14, 2008 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

For the movie--and audiences--the good news is that both Tatum and Dewan are just enough to best the bum script. They are likeable and their dance talent is undeniable.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The TV spots claim that it "captures the voice of a generation," and if that's the case, then the voice of the youth hasn't changed at all in the five years Save the Last Dance lit up the box office.

August 25, 2007 Full Review Source:

Tatum and Dewan have none of the chemistry of Astaire and Rogers, but with help from a good supporting cast and talented choreography, the movie rises slightly above the usual cookie-cutter dance-movie fare.

April 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Fletcher shows no real talent for the dramatic scenes.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...this is lowest-common-denominator stuff.

February 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Hood hooks-up with dancing debutante for across the tracks romance.

January 14, 2007 Full Review Source:

Mesmo que falhe como historinha de amor, o longa consegue levar o espectador a sair da sala com a sensação de que ao menos em seu aspecto musical o projeto não decepcionou.

December 8, 2006
Cinema em Cena

It's the usual case of great dancing, bad acting and even worse dialogue in this very guilty pleasure for fans of the genre.

November 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

...a miscast Rachel Griffiths looks uncomfortable in her role as Principal Gordon and spends her few scenes looking like she's wishing she was somewhere else.

October 28, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

This is a cliche-ridden movie by people to whom formula is clearly mother's milk.

October 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Comments (2)
Guardian [UK]

Debut director Anne Fletcher fails to put a new spin on umpteen romantic hoofers.

October 24, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

This unimaginative, by-the-numbers teen drama never says anything new as it blends dance styles and cultures in innercity Baltimore.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Stealing freely from Save the Last Dance but unintentionally nixing the wicked dance moves, this teen turd doesn't even have the logical sense to remove its hunky lead's shirt.

September 5, 2006

...the dance numbers are overwhelmed by a trite and predictable script that trudges through familiar themes of redemption and acceptance while taking itself far too seriously.

August 31, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Audience Reviews for Step Up

"Step Up" is as generic and dumb as you can possibly get. It tries way too hard to be something heartfelt and original, but quite honestly, I have heard every bit of dialogue and every single plot point a million times. These actors were beginners when this film was first shot, and in the end product, it shows. Sure the dancing is great, but really, there is not even much of that. I was scratching my head most of the time out of bordem, waiting for it to end. I could not wait to see how the film ended, just to see if I could give it sympathy. By the end of the film, it pulls together a bit and there are some heartfelt moments sprinkled throughout, but that does not overshadow this poor, poor film.
July 29, 2012
KJ Proulx

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How do I end up watching these music video films? Channing Tatum is better off just being a model.
July 16, 2012

Super Reviewer

Predictable, but an alright movie.
July 31, 2011
Eric Alvarez

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The best Step Up! Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan are perfect together and the dancing scenes are incredible.
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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