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Step tells an irresistibly crowd-pleasing story in a thoroughly absorbing way -- and while smartly incorporating a variety of timely themes.



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STEP documents the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. As each one tries to become the first in their families to attend college, the girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city.

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  • The portrait of the girls, their hard-up but loving parents (two are single mums, men being conspicuous by their absence) and the school staff egging them on is in turns saddening and lovely, the drama of their collective effort intensely moving.

    Aug 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Step is a story about relationships. And how even the most challenging family ties shape us into the people we are destined to become.

    Aug 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Amanda Lipitz takes viewers home with the students and creates palpable drama around their quests to attend college following their senior year.

    Aug 11, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The film is perhaps not entirely candid about all the bad stuff backstage, and there are complex personal issues that are not entirely absorbed. But a very likable film.

    Aug 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Inspiring and uplifting.

    Aug 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Step is a superlative entrant into the particular modern genre of film-making known as: "Tear-jerking and life-affirming documentary..."

    Aug 10, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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