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Footloose Reviews

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
October 24, 2011
An unnecessary, though enjoyable, remake of Kevin Bacon's 1984 breakout hit.
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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
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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-
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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...
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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.
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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
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
October 14, 2011
Footloose drags its heels to the senior prom and, when it finally gets there, shoves in one last punch-up that puts an odd spin on what should be an upbeat display of happy feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 13, 2011
Give credit to Craig Brewer, the filmmaker behind the new Footloose, for realizing a new step was in order.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 13, 2011
A new Footloose with sassier steps and the same contrived story is hardly necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 13, 2011
Stays remarkably close to its predecessor in all the ways that count.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 13, 2011
It's a vibrant youth musical that will appeal to audiences who haven't seen the 1984 original. And it has enough charm and life to it to compete with the memory of the earlier version.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 13, 2011
Footloose 2011 is harmless as far as it goes, but on the dance floor and off it never goes nearly far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 13, 2011
Maybe there is something timeless in anachronism. Maybe Brewer has located the heart beneath the hoke.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 13, 2011
It's an eruption of joyous, jitterbugging energy and a polished piece of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 13, 2011
Every now and then, we need to be reminded that shaking your booty is something essential. Or, in the case of director Craig Brewer's Footloose update, shaking your rebooty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 13, 2011
Wormald lacks Bacon's charisma but Hough has an undeniable star quality, and Teller is a comic delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 13, 2011
Clearly, Brewer has come to praise Footloose, not to bury it, and so he leaves Dean Pitchford's screenplay more or less intact. The result is one of the more pleasant surprises of 2011.
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Sam Worley
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2011
The movie plays like a slightly degraded version of the original: the dialogue is a little lamer, the acting a little poorer.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 13, 2011
Somehow "Footloose" never finds its rhythm. The maudlin scenes drag on, and the livelier moments pass by too quickly.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 13, 2011
"Footloose" poses as a bold update, but it's shockingly out of step with the times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 13, 2011
It's pretty much the same movie, minus some of the more egregious '80s fashions.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 13, 2011
Whatever limitations the movie has are part of its charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 13, 2011
When a film depends on feeling something between the photogenic but antiseptic Wormald and Hough, and you don't, you realize why that film may come up short in ways unrelated to dance training.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 13, 2011
Brewer's hot-and-bothered remake uncorks the original's raging libido, and it's as seamy and sordid as that damnable PG-13 rating will allow.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 13, 2011
This 2011 version is so similar - sometimes song for song and line for line - that I was wickedly tempted to reprint my 1984 review, word for word.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 13, 2011
None of the changes improves on the original Footloose, even though the two young leads are both professional dancers - didn't the budget allow for anything more than raft swinging and barn hoofing?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 12, 2011
I don't know what Brewer wanted to capture. There are too many close-ups of stomping, swinging feet to suggest he cared about great choreography.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 12, 2011
A pleasant reminder of the past for fans of the first one, and an agreeable-enough experience for everyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 12, 2011
In most regards (We still miss Kevin Bacon), this is a "new and improved" "Footloose," funnier, sunnier and funkier. Simply put, it works.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
October 12, 2011
Wormald and Hough are both handsome and good on the dance floor, but they come across more like teen stars in training than representations of real youth angst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
October 12, 2011
It's startling how badly the dance numbers and action sequences are staged, shot and cut.
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Anna Smith
Time Out
October 11, 2011
The plot may be straightforward but it's refreshing to see a modern dance film that tackles religion, convention and local law alongside the requisite forbidden romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Fear
Time Out
October 11, 2011
This Footloose takes place in the same authentic, sweaty, lived-in South as his Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 11, 2011
While it's true that few viewers will venture into a theater showing this remake for the story, the screenplay should not be a detriment to enjoyment. Less talking and more dancing would have made for a more footloose and fancy-free environment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
October 11, 2011
While hewing closely to Footloose's original story and themes, Brewer's film throws the standard high school movie notion of a teenage caste system out the window.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
October 11, 2011
Brewer puts just enough smarts, sweat and swagger into his version of the dance steps making up this film that you can't help but move your feet and hum along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 5, 2011
Brewer, who previously put his high-intensity spin on Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan, displays his coolest moves in the way he smartly unties this Footloose from its 1980s moorings.
Full Review | Original Score: A-