• PG-13, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Anne Fletcher
    In Theaters:
    Aug 11, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 19, 2006
  • Buena Vista

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Step Up Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

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 Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 10, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's almost as wrong-headed as it is pre-fabricated.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

August 12, 2006
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: C

August 11, 2006
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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It's the storytelling that keeps landing on its keister.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2006
Pete Hammond
Maxim

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

August 11, 2006
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 10, 2006
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5.4

August 12, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

About midway through, Step Up seems to get bored by the dancing and shifts to a pointless gang violence subplot.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

August 10, 2006
Matt Stevens
E! Online

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 Source: E! Online | Original Score: C

August 11, 2006
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

The dancing is energetic and skillful, and the predictable, hackneyed plot is benign.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C-

August 11, 2006
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com

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 Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: D

August 11, 2006
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

Displays atypical laziness and tone-deaf direction for a feature concerning the electric boogaloo secrets of the underprivileged.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: D

August 19, 2012
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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

August 12, 2006
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C-

August 9, 2006
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat

The willingness of said screenwriters to churn these clichés shamelessly makes Step Up an utterly arduous task to sit through.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

August 22, 2006
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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

August 11, 2006
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

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 Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 10, 2006
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com

Just step up, walk out of the theater and don't look back.

Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com | Original Score: 1/4

August 10, 2006
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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 Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: C+

September 14, 2007
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
August 19, 2006
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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October 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 12, 2006

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August 12, 2006

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September 22, 2006
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