Step Up Reviews

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Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Clichéd dance movie with some fun moves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
BlackFilm.com
January 14, 2007
Hood hooks-up with dancing debutante for across the tracks romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
August 19, 2006
It's all strung together by scenes wherein, for no reason at all, everyone dances -- every kind of dance, from break to ballet -- brilliantly, with youth, vigor and passion. And it's great, even when it's silly, which is often.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 15, 2006
"Step Up" is just what is sounds like: A dance movie, based on a formula that goes back decades..centuries, even. But its good nature, chemistry between its leads, and, let's face it, enjoyable dance numbers make it entertaining.
| Original Score: 3/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
August 13, 2006
...concentrates less on the odd-couple idiosyncrasies than on what all the characters in the movie share: a love of moving to music.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
August 13, 2006
If you like this genre, there's no reason not to see this. It's a standard teeny bopper romance, that doesn't try to push the envelope. It's a good, safe, bet.
| Original Score: C+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 12, 2006
Step Up barely bothers to build a memorable story. Instead, the movie rests entirely on the well-sculpted shoulders of charismatic leads Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
August 12, 2006
Go for the impressive moves. Tolerate the mediocre story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 12, 2006
Step Up sprints over its own soggy foundation of dance movie clichés with the sheer exuberance of its propulsively cut dance sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 12, 2006
Alive with infectious rhythm, likable characters, and slick dance moves, Step Up gives clichés a good name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
August 11, 2006
The paper-thin plot is just a figleaf for the singing and dancing, and of that there's lots. These kids can do it, and that more than anything else makes the mediocre script worth the trouble.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
August 11, 2006
Formulaic and hokey, but a pleasure to watch. The "male lead," Channing Tatum, lights up the screen with charisma, believability, authenticity and some really great dancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
August 11, 2006
The well-cast leads are more than appealing enough to encourage a rooting interest. Better still, they obviously do their own dancing, and do it very well.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 10, 2006
a hip-hop version of High School Musical, some juvenile delinquency and a drive-by shooting added in to provide some street cred, but still a Disney-fied world where kisses are important and happy endings are guaranteed.
| Original Score: B
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
August 10, 2006
A movie I thought I would hate I ended up liking a lot. Ninety-seven minutes of looking at gorgeous Jenna Dewan gave me a glimpse of what paradise might be like.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 10, 2006
You can sort of see the appeal of Step Up, especially during the dead of summer. It's totally mindless eye candy.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 10, 2006
Though formulaic and rather silly, obstinately hard to dislike, mostly thanks to its boundless energy and its agreeable cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
August 9, 2006
a surprisingly wholesome bit of fluff with an amiably charismatic cast and a script that should be cited for violating the basic tenets of solid scriptwriting
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
August 9, 2006
Step, under the sure hand of director-choreographer Anne Fletcher, quickly discovers its own virtuoso charms.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 9, 2006
Step Up doesn't front: it has better dance moves--and a more valuable, clear-cut sensibility--than any video nominated for a VMA this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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September 22, 2006
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
August 19, 2006
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August 12, 2006

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August 12, 2006
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