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Step Up 3 (2010)


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 117
Fresh: 54
Rotten: 63

Critics Consensus: It may not contain believable acting or a memorable plot, but Step Up 3-D delivers solid choreography and stunning visuals.

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: It may not contain believable acting or a memorable plot, but Step Up 3-D delivers solid choreography and stunning visuals.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 100,093


Movie Info

The filmmakers of the hit Step Up and Step Up 2: The Streets movies reunite to bring you Step Up 3. Urban street dancing goes global in an electrifying new story with mind blowing dance moves. The House of Pirates dance crew are pitched against their long time rivals, the House of Samurai at the upcoming World Jam Competition. In an exhilarating and energetic dance battle against the world's best hip hop dancers, this high-stakes showdown will change all their lives forever..

PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Drama , Romance , Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By:
Amy Andelson , Emily Meyer
In Theaters:
Dec 21, 2010
Box Office:
Touchstone Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Step Up 3

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (63) | DVD (5)

Who needs competent acting and writing when there are so many shiny, pretty things flying right at you?

Full Review… | August 23, 2010
AV Club
Top Critic

I think it actually honors the art form of dance, but not in a solemn, highbrow way.

Full Review… | August 10, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

Functions less as a story than as a catalog of references meant to interest a young audience: mixed martial arts, parkour, X-games, Red Hook, Chinatown, D.I.Y. filmmaking.

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

The dance scenes are inventive and pop out in all kinds of strange places.

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Though director Jon Chu brings admirable energy and imagination to Step Up 3D's dance extravaganzas, he can't animate shockingly wooden performances or cure stumble-footed dialogue.

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
MSN Movies
Top Critic

The main reason to see Step Up 3D is for the high-energy dancing and innovative camerawork, and on those points it delivers.

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

Blends the narrative, the dancing, and the music in a vibrant way that hasn't been captured before. Otherwise, it's really just more of the same.

Full Review… | July 24, 2012

With each successive film, whatever passes for story becomes all the more shallow and trite--and the movies as a whole actually get *better*.

Full Review… | July 23, 2012

Plotting along at an infantile level, the story here is nothing new and hardly means anything.

Full Review… | June 29, 2012

Genuine and genuinely infectious.

Full Review… | March 5, 2011
Projection Booth

Incredibly stupid in just about every way. And yet, it had what may have been my favorite scene at the movies this year...[Blu-ray 3D]

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Groucho Reviews

The latest entry in a consistently underwhelming series...

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

Whilst the film attempts to advocate the organic and liberating tenets of dance, it contradicts this message though consumerism and unashamed product placement.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010

The only laugh comes during the end credits, when the phrase 'featuring characters created by Duane Adler' pops up onto the screen. This film had characters? Now that's entertainment.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

Step Up 3D is one D too many. This gimmick-laden film is filled with clichés in the production as well as the script.

Full Review… | October 2, 2010
Internet Reviews

Step Up 3D ima isforsiranih momenata no na sreću takvih je malo pa vrijeme provedeno ispred ekrana relativno brzo prolazi

Full Review… | September 12, 2010

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | September 11, 2010
Movies for the Masses

While I did have fun while watching it, I can't say for sure if I would have been quite so forgiving if I had actually paid to see it.

Full Review… | August 23, 2010

This, the latest variation on the "follow your dream" dance fantasy, draws an ever sharper line between tip-top street dance and bottom-of-the-class dialogue and acting.

Full Review… | August 23, 2010

The 3-D at its best pops (a red-gloved dancer bursts out from the screen as if diving through a window), but more often it's merely Dramamine-inducing.

Full Review… | August 23, 2010
Boston Phoenix

This is a very silly movie, but it's a pretty fun one as well.

Full Review… | August 23, 2010

When Step Up 3D isn't throwing stuff at the crowd, its dance sequences do jump out of the screen in a pretty cool way. The routines are impressive, but the plot less so.

Full Review… | August 17, 2010
The Standard

A major notch above its predecessors if only for its magnificent dance sequences and skillful choreography, but that doesn't mean you should invest time in it...

Full Review… | August 17, 2010
Cinema Crazed

It sounds bad but I still had fun. It's got creative dance moves, decent choreography and a solid soundtrack.

Full Review… | August 16, 2010
ABC Radio Brisbane

Who would've thought the best use of 3-D yet in film would be a "Step Up" movie?

Full Review… | August 14, 2010
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Audience Reviews for Step Up 3


"Step Up 3" is meant to be a showcase for the extremely talented dancing (which is what the series is meant to be as well) but it does something that it's two predecessors failed, create a likeable atmosphere and care about the characters involved. Sure it's cliched, but there are aspects that are not and those were a very nice touch. Nothing about this film is groundbreaking, but the look of the film is very bright and colourful making for a very engaging film. The acting is actually pretty decent with the exception of a few, but those are forgivable. I enjoyed the first two as guilty pleasures, but I genuinely like this film for everything that it is. "Step Up 3" is a huge improvement and the dancing is even better than ever. If you are looking for a great story, you still will not get it, but at least the filmmakers cared about the story they were getting across this time around. Decent flick!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


America's Best Dance Crew: The Movie. What're you gonna expect? This movie is straight up made from cheese, the camera work was equivalent to TV soap opera camera work (except for the dance scenes), and the acting & dialogue was cringe inducing. But what works with "Step Up 3D" is the homage to all different dancing styles (from hip-hop to musicals) and the excellent choreography in the dancing scenes. This is one of those movies where you wanna fast forward through the movie till you hit a dance scene.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer


weak storyline but I enjoyed the dancing scenes it was so amusing.

Crash Ek

Super Reviewer

Oh ma gosh, I should be sainted for sitting through another dance film with no substance, character structure, or for that matter, characters who anyone cares about. The plot could have veered into mass murder, and I wouldn't have batted an eye. Condescending to the audience's intelligence, the plot focuses on a warehouse, owned by...some guy, and inhabited with a flock of dancers. Comparing the three films, this resembles the first, a boring and clichéd dance movie with very little to care about except the frequent scenes of "battles" between crews. Looking over all the flaws of this disaster movie in the wrong genre, I think it was Luke, the owner of the loft, who irritated me the most. His attributes include: filmmaker (with a Flip Video. Ooh, fancy), no back-story that is either believable or worthy of screen time, and a personality that infuriates me. "You have an exam for a class that counts for twenty-five percent of your grade at a private university? Skip it and come dance with us!" What is the moral or message to this overhyped nonsense? Listen to the skeevy guy you meet in the park, then skip school, ignore your friends, and it'll all work out somehow? Nice for the kids to take away with. At least the second film featured some original choreography and sequences unrelated to the usual glosh of this genre. SU3 could not deliver on this, featuring an outdated soundtrack, lazy camerawork, and no chemistry between the romantic leads. Maybe it's better in 3-D, but I'm guessing suck can't be masked by a foot coming out of the screen.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Step Up 3 Quotes

I dance because dancing changes things...
– Submitted by Pearl-Joy P (22 months ago)
You know, some famous guy once said: 'To travel is better than to arrive.' And I was like, 'What?' Because I used to think that there was only one path to take to where you want to be in life. But, if you choose that one path, it doesn't mean you have to abandon all the other ones.I realize it actually what happens along the way that counts; the stumbles, the falls, and the friendships. It's the journey and not the destination. You just gotta, I guess, trust that the future is gonna work itself out like it's supposed to.
– Submitted by Britt V (2 years ago)
What is it that you love about dance?
Everything you need to know is in my dancing.
– Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
You up for a little competition?
I never lose.
– Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
I was born to be the Ashley to your Mary-Kate.
– Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
Welcome to my house.
– Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)

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