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With a hopelessly hokey plot and unintentionally hilarious dialogue, Battle of the Year is flimsy even by the standards of the dance movie genre. Read critic reviews

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Dante Graham (Laz Alonso) is a hip-hop mogul, but he was a breaker; now he wants nothing more than to see an American team win the Battle of the Year, an international b-boy tournament. Dante picks former dancer Jason Blake (Josh Holloway), a boozy, widowed basketball coach, to select, then train a worthy team. With just three months to whip a crew of 13 headstrong guys into a cohesive unit, Blake, his assistant (Josh Peck) and a choreographer (Caity Lotz) have a daunting job ahead of them.

Cast & Crew

Josh Holloway
Jason Blake
Laz Alonso
Dante Graham
Josh Peck
Franklyn
Chris Brown
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Anis Cheufra
Anis
Brin Hill
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Chris Parker
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Amy Lo
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Will Packer
Executive Producer
Glenn S. Gainor
Executive Producer
Rich Talauega
Executive Producer
Tone Talauega
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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (51)

  • The young dancers' undeniable skill and athleticism is squandered in this formulaic, overly familiar dance movie.

    January 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Dismal, clich-ridden stuff.

    November 11, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • In particular, as mentioned, the dance sequences are a mess, which is the kiss of death for a film in this genre.

    September 27, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • its dramatization of a U.S. dream team's journey to the international showcase is leaden with predictable character types and storytelling clichs, neither of which its well-executed but oddly infrequent dance sequences are able to overcome.

    September 23, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The bar for urban-flavoured dance movies has already been set pretty low, but Battle Of The Year effortlessly leans back and limbos on below it.

    September 20, 2013 | Rating: 1/5
  • The actual dancing scenes are occasionally electrifying, if far too sparse, but other than that and the welcome sight of co-star Chris Brown getting clocked in the face, the film barely gets off the ground, much less sticks the landing.

    September 20, 2013 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

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