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Footloose Reviews

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Mark Ramsey
October 18, 2011
'I believe that any town where Dennis Quaid can wear pleated trousers should also be a town where kids can dance,' says Ren. 'But first, I will prove my bona fides by racing a school bus encrusted with stuffed animals!'
Full Review | Original Score: D
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
October 18, 2011
It's a rare remake that improves on the original. But the new Footloose does just that. The dancing is better, the drama grittier, the stars sexier -- and the music and the cast are more energetic and diverse.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 17, 2011
The most immaterial remake of 2011, and boy, ain't that saying something.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
October 17, 2011
Brewer can ... stage and shoot a dance sequence in a way that the movement can be wholly appreciated, and those scenes become infectiously entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 16, 2011
An almost risibly old-fashioned crowd-pleaser...weirdly constrained by Brewer's determination to ape the original so clean-cut and wholesome that the MTV imprimatur attached to it seems like a joke.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 16, 2011
This is an unimaginative, near-carbon copy of what everyone recognised in 1984 as a cross between Flashdance and Rebel Without a Cause.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 16, 2011
I'm sure there are plenty of people who will say that the original version was so much better than this one and they may be right, but I'm certainly in no hurry to prove it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 16, 2011
With his delightful learning-how-to-dance sequence, Miles Teller almost steals 'Footloose' from fantastic dancers Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough.
Monica Castillo
Dig Boston
October 15, 2011
Don't come with any high expectations.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 14, 2011
Footloose is completely harmless, and quite enjoyable at times. Like any good pop song, it's got a beat, and you can dance to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
October 14, 2011
Utterly unnecessary, ham-fisted remake of a supposed 1980s "classic."
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 14, 2011
It seems more pandering (and dated) than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
October 14, 2011
I was not impressed by the original and was pleased to find a slight satisfaction in the refreshed model.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
October 14, 2011
Footloose is fancy-free, an iconic movie's tribute that could stand on its own two, tapping feet.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Roeper
October 14, 2011
"Footloose" has the look and feel of an OK basic cable movie."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 14, 2011
In terms of empty-headed exuberance, it's hard to top Footloose.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
October 14, 2011
There was really no reason to remake it, but if you accept the fact that remakes are inevitable in today's Hollywood, then the new Footloose shows at least how to avoid travesty.
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
October 14, 2011
This is a situation where audiences will go into the theater humming the featured songs, and while the movie they see offers no surprises, it does something relatively few fall releases can claim: it delivers exactly what it promises...
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 14, 2011
'You deal with your pain in extremes,' the minister is told. The line is a key to Brewer's filmography: All the director's movies are about people who deal with their pain in extremes, and the plots chronicle the consequences of their coping...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Thomas Leupp
October 14, 2011
Sure, it sings a familiar tune. But it's got a good beat, and you can dance to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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