Step Up Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 10, 2006
Tatum and Dewan have no chemistry while dancing or making out (not to mention whenever they're unfortunate enough to have to speak).
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 12, 2006
It's almost as wrong-headed as it is pre-fabricated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
August 11, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 12, 2006
It's the storytelling that keeps landing on its keister.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
August 11, 2006
By the numbers, teen-dance romance that takes it's lead from Save The Last Dance, Dirty Dancing and numerous others that it shamelessly imitates.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 10, 2006
Thin storytelling married to thin bodies of extreme physical grace, this clunky but moderately charming descendant of Saturday Night Fever and Fame covers the usual territory.
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
August 12, 2006
Step Up is about following the teen-dance movie recipe without variations, right up to the big finale. By then, Wake Up would have been a better title.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5.4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 10, 2006
About midway through, Step Up seems to get bored by the dancing and shifts to a pointless gang violence subplot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Stevens
E! Online
August 11, 2006
Yeah, there's some cool dancing, but it's not imaginatively lensed, and this whole, by-the-numbers routine takes itself way too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 11, 2006
The dancing is energetic and skillful, and the predictable, hackneyed plot is benign.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
August 11, 2006
Unless you're a pushover pre-teen with a hankering for lousy acting and 'this is your generation!' screenwriting that would take the label 'hackneyed' as a compliment, I would suggest tangoing over to another movie worth your time.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 19, 2012
Displays atypical laziness and tone-deaf direction for a feature concerning the electric boogaloo secrets of the underprivileged.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 12, 2006
Step Up is so predictable, with every scene loudly announcing what the next one is going to show, that teens in the audience will take lots of breaks to text each other on their phones.
| Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 9, 2006
The dubious concept of blending ballet with hip-hop dancing is explored only as far as line dance choreography will allow in this cliché-riddled romance that coasts on the strength of its charismatic leads...
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
August 22, 2006
The willingness of said screenwriters to churn these clichés shamelessly makes Step Up an utterly arduous task to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 11, 2006
Despite being declared 'one of the film industry's most sought-after choreographers' in the press notes, director Anne Fletcher often films her principal dancers from the waist up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
August 10, 2006
Step Up is so derivative of films like Dirty Dancing, Save the Last Dance and more that it essentially comes pre-choreographed by other movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
August 10, 2006
Just step up, walk out of the theater and don't look back.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 14, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
August 19, 2006
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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October 18, 2008
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September 22, 2006
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