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Footloose Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
October 14, 2011
Tweaking the story just a little, the new film brings things up to date while including a few nostalgic salutes to the original - including Ren's bright-yellow VW Beetle and Ariel's red-leather cowboy boots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
October 14, 2011
Remake is surprisingly fresh but still faithful to original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 14, 2011
This remake plays like the high school version of a big Broadway stage show. Although that's probably unfair to high school theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
October 14, 2011
Footloose is kind of like eating imitation crab. The taste is there, but it's just not quite right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
October 14, 2011
The movie brings out some touching and heartfelt emotions. You won't be able to resist bobbing your head and tapping your toes. The 113-minute running time passes by quickly as you become totally absorbed in this crowd-pleasing musical extravaganza.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 14, 2011
'Footloose' remake is almost paradise.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
October 14, 2011
If Footloose had to be remade, this is probably the best version we were likely to get.
October 14, 2011
While the story is more oddly archaic than ever, we might find ourselves exiting the movie with the overwhelming desire to kick off our own Sunday shoes.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

Liverpool Echo
October 14, 2011
The good-looking, athletic cast kick up their heels with gusto and choreographer Jamal Sims melds line dancing with hip hop and street, always harking back affectionately to the iconic moments of the earlier version.
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William Goss
Film.com
October 14, 2011
May not make as great a dent in the current generation as the original film had, but it does offer up a commendable amount of energy and heart...
Jim Judy
Screen It!
October 14, 2011
it's a decent offer notwithstanding the fact that it's an unnecessary remake hoping to cash in on the reputation of its earlier incarnation. (Movie Review for Parents also available)
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
October 14, 2011
A film that's corny, predictable and disposable. But it's also pretty good fun - after you've had a few.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rob Nelson
Variety
October 14, 2011
Paramount's Footloose reboot never quite cuts loose enough to distinguish itself from the original.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
October 14, 2011
A cheerful if slightly vacuous entertainment, with some intrepid dancing to keep audiences on their toes.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 14, 2011
By the time four little girls teach a dorky guy to dance to (the original) "Let's Hear It for the Boy" I was a gelatinous blob of pure affection. Bring on "Flashdance" 2.0.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 14, 2011
Brewer has delivered a largely unobjectionable note-for-note facsimile of Herbert Ross's ode to teenage rebellion, young love and the unfettered joy of movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 14, 2011
This new version will quite capably supply the same amount of carefree fun to a new generation. Which is exactly what a clever, if not particularly ambitious, remake sets out to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Clay Cane
BET.com
October 14, 2011
I never want to dance again.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
October 14, 2011
Barely fresh considering director Craig Brewer essentially made a carbon copy of the original film just with less chemistry and a leading actor who sounded like Mark Whalberg!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
October 14, 2011
Brewer makes good use of the songs from the 1984 film that work, and while the film is too long, dragging out the drama, it's got a real pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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