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Stomp the Yard (2007)


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 89
Fresh: 23
Rotten: 66

Critics Consensus: While Stomp the Yard contains impressive musical and dance numbers, it loses its momentum during the intervening soap opera-style subplots.

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: While Stomp the Yard contains impressive musical and dance numbers, it loses its momentum during the intervening soap opera-style subplots.


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 467,655


Movie Info

DJ is a troubled youth from Los Angeles attending the historically black Truth University in Atlanta, Ga. When adapting to his new environment proves difficult, DJ finds solace in joining a struggling fraternity where he begins implementing his street-style dance moves in an attempt to help the step team win the coveted National Step Show Championship. Before long DJ becomes the competing fraternity's main rival, while trying to pursue his new love interest, deal with his own troubled past and … More

PG-13 (for a scene of violence, some sexual material and language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Gregory Anderson , Robert Adetuyi
In Theaters:
May 18, 2007
Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for Stomp the Yard

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (66) | DVD (19)

There's little here for British eyes.

Full Review… | March 14, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Benign nonsense.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

The moves can be remarkable, though ritually repetitive -- male chorus lines of adrenalized automata acting out anger, menace, pride, audacity or joy.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Hollywood has a few well-rutted stories it likes to tell over and over, and Stomp The Yard includes at least five of them.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

Stomp the Yard is a strange and at times strangely compelling mix of black fraternity recruitment video and inspirational tale about a hip-hop boy in a stepping world.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Perhaps director Sylvain White hoped that this laughably melodramatic film might find its way into the pantheon of urban dance films. But seen against such films as Rize and You Got Served, it's a step in the wrong direction.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's a little bit of a musical, a little bit of a sports film, a little bit coming-of-age story. And none of it, beyond the dancing, any good.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

... the film as a whole lacks the energy of its dance numbers.

Full Review… | July 11, 2007
DVD Review

At a time of year when theaters are filled with flashy, fun, but empty offerings, Stomp The Yard is a surprisingly satisfying alternative.

Full Review… | June 25, 2007
IGN Movies

It's not a great movie, no, and maybe not even a particularly good one. But it's likable and unassuming, and the dancing is off the hook, or whatever the kids are saying these days.

Full Review… | May 14, 2007

There is so much yet so little on the screen: so much movement and action, but so little to cling on to. So much angst, so little context.

Full Review… | April 8, 2007
Urban Cinefile

An inspirational dance movie, which, like an inspirational sports movie, runs on predictable rails.

Full Review… | March 16, 2007

The dynamic dance sequences have all the right moves, but there's precious little to hold the attention once the music stops.

Full Review… | March 16, 2007

Driven along by a decent cast who really turn it on during the musical moments, letting their steps tell the story.

Full Review… | March 16, 2007
Total Film

The performances are good but the heavily cliched script ensures that there's very little of interest here, unless you're a massive stepping fan.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007

The Yard is a minefield of clichés - step at your peril.

Full Review… | March 13, 2007

Decidely average teen drama but with a few decent dance numbers.

Full Review… | March 13, 2007
Empire Magazine

Sylvain White should be chained to a chair...for the migraine-inducing crimes he commits, which rob the numbers of any joy or human flavor they might have possessed.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

If there is any sort of cultural relevance to be found in a movie like Stomp the Yard, it's that spectacles don't even matter anymore: We just need the possibility of a spectacle.

Full Review… | February 12, 2007

The plot was stomped on a bit, but it is watchable.

Full Review… | February 4, 2007
3BlackChicks Review

You will never see stomping like this as I'm sure it took months of training to pull off all these incredible dance scenes.

Full Review… | January 29, 2007
Entertainment Spectrum

Stomp the Yard is a much better movie than its trailers would indicate, and better than many of its predecessors in the teen-dance genre.

Full Review… | January 24, 2007

Clearly, someone is getting served here but it certainly isn't the audience.

Full Review… | January 20, 2007

Director Sylvain White, whose last film was the equally unnecessary I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, manages to take the joy out of a dance movie by jerking the camera around and speeding up the dance moves so much.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
Premiere Magazine

Audience Reviews for Stomp the Yard

Sucks critically, poor acting and script but still bearable to watch.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Always been a sucker for dance films and this didn't fail to impress. It was a breath of fresh air to find a dancing film that had a different sort of dance. I'd never heard of stomping before I watched this film so it really made it different from the other dance films I'd seen. Good film!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

It's better than I thought it would be. It's good. You don't have to be a victim of your circumstances, you just have to find your drive and go for it.

Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

I thought it was okay but not good.
Grade: C

Richard C

Super Reviewer

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