In a world stuffed with film franchises, the Step Up series is clearly one of the smartest and deserves far more respect than it typically gets for knowing its audience so intuitively.
| Original Score: 3/5
Sadly, the latest entry in the seemingly interminable franchise offers more of the same contrived scenarios.
| Original Score: 2/5
Who knew dance could save Miami? Beyond the dancing (which is good), the story seems created for a 5th grader.
| Original Score: 5/10
Basically, if you were to make a Frankenstein's monster from the premises of Tower Heist and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, you'd get Step Up 4.
If you watch it just for the dancing you will be pleased; if you want a good plot and charismatic actors you will be disappointed.
Ultimately, we remain unconvinced of Step Up's anti-capitalist credentials. Especially after that hilariously inept Nike plug in the final scene.
The only reason people watch movies within this formulaic genre is to enjoy the well-choreographed dance numbers. On that note, this film delivers.
| Original Score: B
Very probably the worst of the four, though not by a huge margin and "the worst Step Up movie" is not anyway a very meaningful statement one way or another.
| Original Score: 4/10
... the series rises again to the mediocrity it attained in the first two movies.
Nobody buys a ticket to see a Step Up movie expecting to hear Harold Pinter-esque dialogue or to decipher elaborate plots. That's why they're titled 'Step Up' instead of 'Speak Up' or 'Think Deeply.'
If you can enjoy the dance numbers and ignore the rest, it can be fun.
Using contempo flash mob dazzle with eye-boggling dance routines laced with sensuality ... the film delivers everything you expect and plenty more. It's hot in Miami and the dance moves sizzle
Fleet-footed yet formulaic and forgettable
The dancing just gets better with every entry. This one leads off with a cheeky flash mob that is so joyously kinetic even the cars leap up to get into the act.
| Original Score: B+
These movies are like the Transformers franchise, with dancing instead of robots. No one's seeing it for the plot, characters, story, depth, dialogue or acting.
one of the great movies of the summer, because it provides the kind of pure, visceral enjoyment that audiences want... whether you're marveling at the ambition of its dance sequences, or thrilling at how well they happen to be shot.
The story is a collection of clichés but the actors are likable, good-looking, and know how to dance.
A feature-length music video would have eliminated the need for actors reciting lines and for a script that is aggressively stupid and incoherent.
Fabulous dancing but a dumb plot. Even predictable isn't normally this predictable. And there's so much eye candy in this one, I was worried about getting a cavity.
| Original Score: 4/5
There's too much color and energy and frenzy in this movie to discount it entirely, but it has a disconcerting tendency to undercut its best notions with some singularly awful moves.