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Step Up Revolution Reviews

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Guy Lodge
Time Out
August 7, 2012
It's equal parts 'Flashdance,' 'Burlesque' and 'Lambada', all parts ludicrous - but we aren't here for the story any more than we watch Béla Tarr for the salsa numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 27, 2012
There's too much color and energy and frenzy in this movie to discount it entirely, but it has a disconcerting tendency to undercut its best notions with some singularly awful moves.
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William Goss
Film.com
July 27, 2012
With the most wooden leads of the series to date - an MMA fighter and a "So You Think You Can Dance" alum - the drama between the dancing has never felt more interminable.
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
July 26, 2012
"Step Up: You've Seen All This Before" would be more accurate, but Summit Entertainment's marketing department knows that wouldn't help sell tickets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
July 26, 2012
Delivers plenty of spectacular fancy footwork in what is otherwise a flat-footed fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Frank Lovece
Newsday
July 26, 2012
While dance purists won't be impressed by the energetic and athletic choreography -- the dancers have clearly learned routines but not necessarily technique -- date-movie audiences will likely want to go out dancing afterward themselves, and that's fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
July 26, 2012
The choreography is solid throughout, but director Scott Speer gets in his own way every time, relentlessly shifting camera angles to close-ups and reaction shots when he should be letting us witness the spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
July 26, 2012
There isn't a franchise around that matches the kids' moves in the Step Up series. We just need a better reason to dance along.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
July 26, 2012
No one goes to a "Step Up" movie for the plot or the romance. Only the dancing matters here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
July 26, 2012
Busby Berkeley would have approved of the hijinks director Scott Speer gets up to with his 3D cameras
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 26, 2012
It seems only fair to start with the one thing that's right with it: It's not dead. It should be, but it's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 26, 2012
Though the location-specific choreography looks like it could be impressive, the film's frantic cutting style makes it difficult to simply enjoy bodies moving in space.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 26, 2012
Will the next "Step Up" tackle the cutting-edge trend of planking?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 26, 2012
Contrary to its message, it will not change the world. But the dancing will make you sit up and take notice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
Time Out
July 26, 2012
The plot is pure boilerplate, yet the draw of this franchise has always been its fancy footwork, and the movie's stuttering, herky-jerky spectacles of impassioned movement are pretty extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephanie Steinberg
Boston Globe
July 26, 2012
Not as cringe-worthy as you would expect from the fourth "Step Up" installment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Hillary Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 26, 2012
Sadly, somewhere between a split and a fist pump, Revolution fell flat, and I found myself wishing for Magic Mike in 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
July 26, 2012
Despite their infectious energy and some mind-blowing moves, there's a chaotic formlessness to even the best of these set pieces
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
July 26, 2012
She's a rich daddy's girl! He's from the wrong side of the tracks! They bridge their socio-economic gap through the power of dance! Rinse, repeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 26, 2012
[Guzman and McCormick] zero acting experience - and it shows. Same goes for the first-time movie director, Scott Speer, who can't coax even a passable performance from his amateurish cast...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
July 26, 2012
If no one behind the scenes cared enough about the padding around the money sequences to make it original, believable, or interesting, why is there so much of it?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 25, 2012
"Step Up: Revolution" is the fourth of the "Step Up" movies, a series of unconnected stories that serve as showcases for the kinds of young stars who sincerely hope they'll soon be in better movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
July 25, 2012
More is not necessarily better, even when it comes to hot bodies and smooth dance moves.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
July 25, 2012
Step Up Revolution, the fourth entry in the venerable dance franchise, is a narrative failure but a triumph of sheer spectacle.