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Step Up Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
October 30, 2006
While Tatum has rough charm, Dewan is more dancer than actress.
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Bill Gallo
Village Voice
August 15, 2006
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.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
August 12, 2006
For a movie about dancing, Step Up is pretty clumsy on its feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Judy Chia Hui Hsu
Seattle Times
August 12, 2006
Step Up may sizzle on the dance floor, but when the dancing stops, the film fizzles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
August 12, 2006
A lot of movies are derivative. What makes Step Up particularly dispiriting is that it has almost nothing fresh to add.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 12, 2006
Being an urban dance movie, guns make their appearance, along with every stereotype about hip-hop or the young. Don't believe the hype. Just watch them dance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 12, 2006
The cast is only one of the picture's shortcomings. It has clunky dialogue, a derivative storyline and some hypocrisy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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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
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
August 12, 2006
Until the movie stumbles under the weight of its noble intentions and its tediously formulaic story, it delivers a few lively, well-shot dance sequences and some winning moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 12, 2006
Aside from the dance steps, you've seen it all before.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
August 12, 2006
Dirty Dancing by way of 8 Mile might be the best way to describe Step Up, a likable, predictable musical drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 12, 2006
Any guy who sits through this date movie deserves to get to third base at least.
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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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 12, 2006
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Annemarie Moody
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2006
The cast of mostly unknown actors, who can all really move and sing, are given a story that doesn't make sense and lines that are boring at best and nonsensical at worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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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.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 10, 2006
A rough Baltimore kid, armed only with a killer smile and hip-hop moves, falls for a classically trained dancer in another retread of Footloose.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 10, 2006
A formulaic, opposites-attract romance based on whatever music/ dance craze/sport happens to be of interest to young viewers easygoing enough to part with cash without demanding creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 10, 2006
Predictable in every respect, the story line mainly serves as an excuse for a series of exuberant dance routines, thankfully choreographed by Fletcher to show off the dancers' entire forms rather than just flashing body parts.
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Ki-Min Sung
Dallas Morning News
August 10, 2006
It's hard to feel the fire in Step Up because of how stars Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum dance: separately. The movie lacks the pairs dance sequences that show how romance moves.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 10, 2006
Alas, most of Step Up takes place away from the dance floor.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 10, 2006
We don't see any of those footprints that dance teachers arrange on the floor to show students where to step, but we certainly can see the handwriting on the wall in terms of where this movie is going.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
August 10, 2006
While predictability and occasionally wooden dialogue keep this from being a truly good movie, it's certainly entertaining enough to please its intended audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 10, 2006
Step Up is so predictable, so remarkably so, you might wonder how such a movie got made.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 10, 2006
... the focus should be on pirouettes, breakdancing, or some giddily ridiculous combination thereof, but the film piles on half a dozen subplots that keep the leads out of pointy shoes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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