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Stomp the Yard (2007)

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26

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

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

31

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 22

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

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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Movie Info

A young man finds that the moves he learned on the street may help him make a better life for himself in this youth-oriented musical drama. DJ Williams (Columbus Short) is a 19-year-old growing up in Los Angeles; while DJ is at heart a good kid and a gifted street dancer, he runs with a dangerous crowd, and one night an underground dance competition turns into a brawl and DJ ends up in jail. DJ's younger brother has already died a violent death, and his mother, hoping to put him back on the

PG-13,

Drama

Robert Adetuyi, Gregory Anderson

May 18, 2007

$61.4M

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All Critics (97) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (66) | DVD (19)

There's little here for British eyes.

March 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Benign nonsense.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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The moves can be remarkable, though ritually repetitive -- male chorus lines of adrenalized automata acting out anger, menace, pride, audacity or joy.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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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.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Typical of dance movies, there's a bit of story to fill the gaps between energetic sessions of movement. Director Sylvain White captures loads of feverish step action with stylishly jittery camerawork, muted colors and claustrophobic framing.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

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

July 11, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
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.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
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.

May 14, 2007 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

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.

April 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

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

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
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.

March 15, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

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

March 13, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

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

March 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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.

February 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

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

February 4, 2007 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
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.

January 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
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.

January 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

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

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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.

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Audience Reviews for Stomp the Yard

Sucks critically, poor acting and script but still bearable to watch.
July 31, 2011
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!
June 23, 2011
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Bethany Murphy

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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.
January 17, 2011
theylovealexis

Super Reviewer

I thought it was okay but not good.
Grade: C
November 20, 2010
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