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Stomp the Yard Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
March 30, 2011
It's a little bit of a musical, a little bit of a sports film, a little bit coming-of-age story. And none of it, beyond the dancing, any good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 12, 2007
The script, based on an earlier screenplay by a Florida A&M alum, accomplishes little -- it's basically Drumline, with dancing instead of drum corps.
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 12, 2007
A formula movie designed to cash in and further (by recombinating ) a couple of disparate cultural practices --West Coast Krumping and the stepping contests that are a feature of traditional black colleges.
| Original Score: 77/100
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 12, 2007
The film's makers get just how rich, even ecstatic, these subcultures of movement can be. It's aggravating then, to see how easily they trip up that vitality with uninspired storytelling.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 12, 2007
The moves can be remarkable, though ritually repetitive -- male chorus lines of adrenalized automata acting out anger, menace, pride, audacity or joy.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 15, 2007
The dancing and performances in 'Stomp the Yard' are fresh enough, but the plot is stale.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 5, 2007
Dave Scott's choreography is often dynamic and imaginative, but only a true fan is going to crave this much stepping.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 11, 2007
If it's the dancing that interests you, the movie to watch is the krumping documentary Rize. It's 90 minutes of fantastic dancing with no stupid dialogue to mess it up.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kam Williams
January 15, 2007
A United Negro College Fund PSA for anyone interested in obtaining a Ph.D. in bling and booty calls. A mind is a terrible thing to lose.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Brian Orndorf
January 12, 2007
We have drugs, gangs, guns, and rock n' roll, but dancing is a form of street toughness? What's next, to-the-death tickle matches?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 12, 2007
The movie starts with furious team dance-offs, but these aren't as interesting as they should be. Camera trickery keeps slowing down or speeding up everyone's movements, which destroys the amazement factor raised by the documentary Rize.
| Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
January 10, 2007
What newbie screenwriter Robert Adetuyi and music video director Sylvain White intend is to reinvent the clunky step moves as an extension of freestyle hip-hop under an umbrella of collegiate comradeship.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Joshua Tyler
January 12, 2007
These kids are on the fast track to becoming Kevin Federline.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 11, 2007
The rhythmic step dancing is infectious in the otherwise formulaic underdog flick Stomp the Yard -- so much so, you'll want to see more of it and less of a plot.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 11, 2007
Director Sylvain White goes by the book, except in the early scenes where he gives new meaning to the concept of a shaky camera. Initially, the camera work is so frenetic as to be off-putting and dizzying.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
July 11, 2007
... the film as a whole lacks the energy of its dance numbers.
Peter Sobczynski
January 20, 2007
Clearly, someone is getting served here but it certainly isn't the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
March 14, 2007
There's little here for British eyes.
Stephen Saito
Premiere Magazine
January 19, 2007
Director Sylvain White, whose last film was the equally unnecessary I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, manages to take the joy out of a dance movie by jerking the camera around and speeding up the dance moves so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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