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Stomp the Yard Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
March 14, 2007
There's little here for British eyes.
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Benign nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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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.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
January 12, 2007
Hollywood has a few well-rutted stories it likes to tell over and over, and Stomp The Yard includes at least five of them.
| Original Score: C-
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
January 12, 2007
Stomp the Yard is a strange and at times strangely compelling mix of black fraternity recruitment video and inspirational tale about a hip-hop boy in a stepping world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
January 12, 2007
Perhaps director Sylvain White hoped that this laughably melodramatic film might find its way into the pantheon of urban dance films. But seen against such films as Rize and You Got Served, it's a step in the wrong direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
January 12, 2007
Typical of dance movies, there's a bit of story to fill the gaps between energetic sessions of movement. Director Sylvain White captures loads of feverish step action with stylishly jittery camerawork, muted colors and claustrophobic framing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 12, 2007
The film introduces too many elements, doubles back on itself, repeats and repeats the same information, starts and stops, includes needless tangential riffs, finds artificial means to stretch the running length and is in every way a flabby mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 12, 2007
The cast adds little. Columbus Short, a dancer-turned-actor, can move well, but he mugs too much for the camera when he's supposed to be having fun, and barely holds the screen when he's not.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 12, 2007
What we get is scene after scene of exhilarating routines, all leading up to the big finale. And with two furiously intense teams ready to dance each other off the stage, it's an absolute winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 12, 2007
The performance sequences are explosively exciting, and Short's acting is almost as accomplished as his acrobatic dance routines.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 12, 2007
It's impossible not to warm up to [actor Colubmus] Short's quiet intensity, and you can't beat the ferocious performance battle that rocks the stage in the film's final showdown. Don't be surprised if you leave the theater stomping your feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 12, 2007
The plot is stale though some of the moves are fresh in Stomp the Yard, a Flashdance-like fable about a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who brings his street-wise gangster style to the world of competitive fraternity step dancing.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 12, 2007
Stomp the Yard panders to every cheap expectation. Actually, director Sylvain White goes a bit cheaper than his immediate predecessors, drawing out the low booty shots for giggle and jiggle effect.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 12, 2007
Are the dancers at least amazing? It's hard to say because novice director Sylvain White never gives us a decent look at them. It's hard to see much when shots are delivered like lightning flashes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times
January 12, 2007
A nod must be given to choreographer Dave Scott, who skillfully blends the dance styles into an explosive whole. Seeing Stomp the Yard for these bits alone is well worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 12, 2007
[Columbus] Short, another pop choreographer, sounds like Vin Diesel, but he moves like a bee. When he dances, he makes sure every girl in the theater goes home stung.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
January 11, 2007
There's athleticism and frenetic artistry here, but the film's attempts to make busting moves seem dramatic are about as effective as the hilarious chess-piece slamming in Searching for Bobby Fisher.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 11, 2007
If you've never seen [stepping], it's quite a show, and Stomp the Yard throws well-deserved light on this somewhat under-the-radar phenomenon.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 11, 2007
The results are corny beyond measure. Yet there's something sweet about them.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Justin Chang
Variety
January 11, 2007
The dancing is more dynamic than the plotting in Stomp the Yard, an energetic if formulaic underdog tale.
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Annemarie Moody
Arizona Republic
January 11, 2007
If you're looking for a dance movie with heart, Stomp the Yard is the ticket.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 11, 2007
Fairly ludicrous, utterly predictable chest-beater about a black university obsessed with step-dancing, Greek letter life and romance.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
January 11, 2007
Short has charisma, charm and athleticism to burn, but it's mostly for naught.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 11, 2007
The movie ends with a generic exhortative quote from Martin Luther King Jr., who probably wasn't talking about synchronized dancing.
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 11, 2007
As expected, there's a final contest that resolves a whole mess of conflicts. But before that, Stomp the Yard flirts with several silly soap opera subplots while twisting its way around to a cursory touch of social consciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 10, 2007
The shallow frat-on-frat rivalry and the poor-boy-loves-rich-girl subplot don't mean a thing. But the stepping does got that swing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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.