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Step Up 2 the Streets (2008)

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27

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 45

There's a kinetic appeal to the handsome cast and their smooth moves, but everything else about Step Up 2 the Streets is been there, danced that.

30

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 14

There's a kinetic appeal to the handsome cast and their smooth moves, but everything else about Step Up 2 the Streets is been there, danced that.

audience

77

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 190,171

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Movie Info

Director Jon M. Chu takes the helm for this Step Up sequel set at the Maryland School for the Arts and following the journey of a rebellious street dancer who struggles to fit in at the prestigious school. Andie (Briana Evigan) may show great promise as a dancer, but she just can't seem to let go of her old life and get a fresh start. With Baltimore's hottest underground dance contest looming on the horizon, Andie joins forces with top dancer Chase (Robert Hoffman) while simultaneously helping

PG-13,

Drama, Romance

Toni Ann Johnson, Karen Barna

Jul 15, 2008

$58.0M

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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (45) | DVD (5)

I can't quite recommend it, but... for a certain demographic why not.

February 19, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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Promises to hit all the urban-dance hallmarks with sledgehammer intensity.

February 15, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Only any good when people are dancing.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
Boston Globe
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For all of its ragin' dance moves and rebellious talk, is high-spirited and harmless. An MC at one dance contest declares, "This ain't 'High School Musical'!" Oh, but it is.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Stumbl[es] gracelessly from point A to point B and hitting all the expected notes in the process.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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Let's wait for a movie where they do get it all right: story, acting and dancing. It'll happen, just not this time.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Competent and too innocent in its own way to strongly dislike, but there also isn't much to push it above mediocrity. There's more substance in cotton candy.

July 24, 2012 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

Too bad much crap is needed to be waded through to get to the rather terrifically done finale.

July 23, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

To say this film (and any other dancing competition film) is formulaic is an understatement. However, formalism is entirely forgivable when you look at the marketplace.

August 18, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

...a minor improvement over its almost unwatchable predecessor...

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

This isn't a very good movie, but it's probably the best of it's kind.

July 22, 2008 Full Review | Comment (1)
Sin Magazine

A dance romance with attitude that will fall short if you're expecting fulfillment in the story department.

July 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Standard, well-made, urban dance movie.

March 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Will dance triumph over adversity? Will love between two attractive vacuous actors conquer all?

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

It's not a little obvious that the Step Up franchise means to keep a Disneyfied hand in the apparently inexorable dance movie cycle.

March 21, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

It suffers from a real lack of charisma, still the dance bits are good.

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

With a script cut-and-pasted from every other dance movie, this film is shockingly corny.

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It suffers from a real lack of charisma, still the dance bits are good.

March 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

A robust addition to the street dance sub genre of movies, Step Up 2 The Streets offers plenty of exhilarating routines and a feasible storyline

March 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

All of this feverish bending, twirling, twisting and snapping of the body is so infused with attitude, in fact, that it allows the film and its characters to live and breathe in ways that run counter to the movie's otherwise rhythmless script.

March 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Inexplicably, I liked this film more than its predecessor. Wait - let me type that again, just to let the reality sink into my own mind: I actually liked Step Up 2.

February 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

This is an average story of a young woman making it on her own. No, I'm not talking about Mary Tyler Moore, I'm talking about Andi, played by Briana Evigan, in "Step Up 2 the Streets," a film that delivers just about what you'd expect.

February 24, 2008 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

...a Flashdance wannabe...

February 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It's another of the many dance movies that fifteen years from now may just be admired in the same vein "Krush Groove" and "Breakin'" are...

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Electrifying dance elevates an almost boring film.

February 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's very hard to argue that the dancing falls short, which means that the film at least justifies its own existence.

February 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Step Up 2 the Streets

With more memorable characters, dancing I actually care about, and an overall better plot that the first film, "Step Up 2: The Streets" is nothing groundbreaking, but you can have a lot of fun with it. These first two films in the series are hated by critics, and I can see why, but I find these films to be huge guilty pleasures. It is almost as if these characters pass over the torch at the beginning of each film. Channing Tatum knows the main character and motivates her to make the decisions she makes throughout this film, and a side character who you come to love will be followed in the next film as he passes on the torch. I admire these aspects and it makes the films feel fresher than they should be. If you are going into any of these films hoping for an incredible story then you are looking in the wrong place. No, not even I would call this a good film, but I enjoy the hell out of it. "Step Up 2: The Streets" has awesome dancing, which is what the first film lacked, but not much different of a story, so it is barely a step up, no pun intended. If you can forgive cliches, you may just have a blast.
August 8, 2014
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

More like a step down from the first. Not to say this was a bad film, but it just lacked the substance and character of the first.
October 31, 2011
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

I love all of the Step Ups although this is my least favourite out of all of them. Still a very good film though! I like Robert Hoffman.
June 23, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Better than the original, with more of a relaistic view of the so-called "streets".
August 4, 2010
FrizzDrop

Super Reviewer

    1. Andie: My mom would tell me don't give up, just be you, because life's too short to be anybody else.
    – Submitted by Nusfish K (2 years ago)
    1. Moose: Yeah, we're her crew! We're getting ready to battle at the streets.
    2. Felicia: What street? Sesame Street?
    – Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
    1. Moose: [after tasting tofu dog, sings:] Tastes like candy canes - at Christmas.
    – Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
    1. Andie: The streets are supposed to be about different people coming together... We call this a battle but what are we fighting for? We're all here because we have this thing we do, we dance... Being part of the street used to mean much more than just turf or power... It's about bringing something new to the floor... and it shouldn't matter what we wear, what school or what neighborhood were from because the best part of the streets is not about what you got, it's what you make of what you've got! So if the 410's too scared to defend their title against us, hell, well be doing our thing outside where the streets started!
    – Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
    1. Tuck: Yo, why my crib smell like Funyuns, broccoli and ball sweat?
    – Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
    1. Chase Collins: They just hatin' on you cause you dope.
    – Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
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