Step Reviews

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August 11, 2017
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.
August 11, 2017
Step is a story about relationships. And how even the most challenging family ties shape us into the people we are destined to become.
August 11, 2017
Director Amanda Lipitz takes viewers home with the students and creates palpable drama around their quests to attend college following their senior year.
August 11, 2017
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.
August 11, 2017
Inspiring and uplifting.
August 10, 2017
Step is a superlative entrant into the particular modern genre of film-making known as: "Tear-jerking and life-affirming documentary..."
August 10, 2017
What the film lacks in actual music and performance (only a snippet of Beyonc's "Formation"?), it makes up for in intimate interviews with the Lethal Ladies and their mothers, who are doing their best to give their daughters a better life.
August 10, 2017
Lipitz's irresistible crowd-pleaser deftly balances the kids' juggling act of heartaches at home and in school, their dedication on the dance floor and their determination to achieve success.
August 10, 2017
[A] taut, intimate, passionate, and celebratory documentary ...
August 10, 2017
A straightforward, fly-on-the-wall portrait of real people struggling with real-life problems.
August 4, 2017
Realistically, it's probably not possible to dance your cares away. But the determination of these girls makes you believe in it.
August 4, 2017
There are many films that attempt to illuminate the world through pain, but Step is most instructive in its moments of joy.
August 3, 2017
This is a highly pertinent story told in an entertaining way.
August 3, 2017
Heartening and unashamedly emotional, it's a certified crowd pleaser that doesn't care who knows it.
August 3, 2017
The girls' passion to excel is palpable, and the film fulfills its inspirational function by summoning up time-tested elements -- the big competition, the underdog competitors, the stumbles and self-doubts along the way.
August 3, 2017
For most of the film the dancing is unsteady, but in the final number director Amanda Lipitz, a Tony Award-winning producer, makes the gutsy amateurs look like pros.
August 3, 2017
You might wish for a little more depth.... Then again, the brisk pace is part of what makes the movie a crowd-pleaser -- that, and knowing that the real prize the girls are working for is much bigger than a step-dancing trophy.
August 3, 2017
This movie fires on every cylinder, investing viewers in personal stories that couldn't have higher stakes and inviting them on a journey that pays off in ways expected and utterly surprising.
August 3, 2017
Part Hoop Dreams, part The Fits and part Bring It On, Step is one of the year's more meaningful and enjoyable docs.
August 2, 2017
The particulars of even something as simple as stepping itself -- how the team actually choreographs their routines, for instance -- remain fuzzy, and by the end of this brief and breezy doc, much still remains unspoken or unexplored.
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