How She Move


How She Move (2008)


Critic Consensus: Despite a formulaic plot, the energetic and gritty How She Move is elevated by a commanding debut performance by Rutina Wesley.


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An aspiring medical student whose drug-addicted sister has recently died and who may be forced to relocate from her posh private school to the crime-infested neighborhood in which she was raised enters a step-dancing competition in hope of securing the funds needed to continue her education. Unable to afford the tuition needed to fund her private-school education, ambitious teen Raya returns to her family home in the city and is reluctantly forced to reevaluate her future. Upon learning that the top prize for an upcoming step-dancing competition is 50,000 dollars, Raya uses her impressive moves to earn a coveted slot in her good friend Bishop's predominately male JSJ crew. Isolated from the local females due to jealousy and separated from her fellow dancers by gender, the ambitious dancer is subsequently kicked off the team for showing off during a preliminary competition. Now, if Raya has any hope of realizing her medical-school dreams, she will have to either earn back Bishop's trust or organize her own dance crew and start over from scratch.

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Critic Reviews for How She Move

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (26)

Another week, another urban dance movie from the United States.

Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

When they dance, the effect isn't exuberant release -- every cartilage-crushing stomp-clap gets more and more furious. This is cheerleading in hell.

Jan 29, 2008 | Rating: C

How She Move was shot on the cheap in 16-mm. film, and some of it is a little drab-looking, but it has energy and bravado.

Jan 28, 2008 | Full Review…
New Yorker
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As we replay last year's step-dance hit Stomp the Yard, the ostensible message about working hard in school gets stomped out of the yard.

Jan 25, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There's not much that's surprising in How She Move, but watching how she moves is a pleasure.

Jan 25, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

How She Move isn't a great film or even a terribly well-made film, but it has its moments and, of course, it has the ending it's promised all along.

Jan 25, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for How She Move

I was shocked to find out at the end of the movie that it was filmed in Ontario. What do Canadians know about step-dancing? The movie is pretty good. Pretty difficult for the hero to balance relationships, studying for the scholarship and step-dancing.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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movie was very slow, dancing moves weren't all that explosive, just seemed like a remake of stomp the yard but from a female dancers point of view instead of a guy, very,very similar storyline, but i liked stomp the yard, just didnt want to see it again.

Deb Jarnagin
Deb Jarnagin

Super Reviewer


The killer dance moves are quite okay in this choregraphed flick as you know what I really like all-black extraordinary dance film called Stomp the Yard the best. This is much like what break dancing was to the 1980's, but is more of a team sport, with just a few individual moments of solo focus.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Low-key drama more impressive than most of its steppin', stompin' kin.

William Goss
William Goss

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