Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 21
  2. Negative: 11 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Sep 19, 2013
    It’s undeniable that the good-natured “Afterschool Special” vibe here plays to the film’s corny strengths, and the dancing is impressive. So much so that it’s almost impossible not to cheer during the final round.
  2. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Sep 20, 2013
    Should satisfy the planet of b-boys and girls to whom it preaches.
  3. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Sep 30, 2013
    At the risk of sounding 100, I think it’s regrettable this film had to be shot in digital 3-D. Both those formats actually do a frustrating disservice to the depiction of the action, making them look choppier, more flickery and occasionally blurrier than they would otherwise.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Sep 22, 2013
    The young dancers' undeniable skill and athleticism is squandered in this formulaic, overly familiar dance movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Sep 22, 2013
    Luckily, there is a movie you can watch instead that will give you both fascinating context and awesome dancing. It’s called "Planet B-Boy."
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Sep 20, 2013
    It isn’t good by any stretch of the imagination, but B-movie lovers who like their dance movies flashy, fun, and spectacularly dumb shouldn’t mind.
  7. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Sep 19, 2013
    The 3-D is a pain, and the excitable editing, slo-mo and speeded-up action frustrate attempts to watch the athleticism on display, but the last half-hour takes it up a notch.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Sep 19, 2013
    An enjoyable movie not because of any special gifts by the filmmakers or emotional resonance in the script. It was more like destiny. Once someone jotted down the concept on a cocktail napkin and hired B-Boys who could actually dance, the movie pretty much had to turn out OK.
  9. 50
    The singer and tabloid darling Chris Brown more than holds his own with this crew, apparently not even needing a dance double.
  10. Reviewed by: Ken McIntyre
    Nov 15, 2013
    The athleticism of the final ‘battles’ impresses, but even then, the routines are marred by trick-edits and headache-inducing 3D.
  11. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Sep 18, 2013
    Remarkably, the highlight of Benson Lee's film, essentially a fiction reboot of his Planet B-Boy, isn't the scene where Chris Brown gets punched in the face.
  12. Reviewed by: Sean O’Connell
    Sep 19, 2013
    What saves “Battle” from complete irrelevancy is the undisputable fact that a scrappy underdog formula tends to work no matter what time period or sport.
  13. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Sep 20, 2013
    For his part, Lee seems to have pored over every sports underdog movie of the last twenty years, boiled away all the interesting particulars, and kept whatever dross was left.
  14. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Sep 19, 2013
    So fatally frontloaded with endless training montages, awfully written, indifferently acted drama, sports-film platitudes and jaw-dropping product placements that only the hardiest of viewers will make it through to the payoff.
  15. Reviewed by: Simon Braund
    Nov 11, 2013
    Dismal, cliché-ridden stuff.
  16. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Sep 25, 2013
    Few characters are well-drawn, rivalries substitute for real group dynamics, and the dancing is chaotic, showy, and confusing.
  17. Reviewed by: Annlee Ellingson
    Sep 19, 2013
    This 3-D spectacle is less the dance movie that's going to make b-boying cool again than a shill for sponsors' gear.
  18. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Sep 19, 2013
    Bastardizing his own 2007 doc, "Planet B-Boy," Benson Lee throws street cred to the breeze with this unspeakably rote Hollywood mockery of its deft nonfiction predecessor, with clueless bigotry as shrill as the squeak of new kicks on a stage floor.
  19. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Sep 20, 2013
    To put in Clichénese, the only language Battle of the Year knows: the creator's hearts just weren't in this thing.
  20. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Sep 19, 2013
    The miracle of the new 3-D dance film Battle of the Year is how it can be so relentlessly boring while there is so much frenetic activity on screen.
  21. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Sep 19, 2013
    Too incompetent to work as an underdog dance flick, but not nearly weird enough to qualify as howling camp, Battle Of The Year is destined to please only bad movie buffs desperate for a fix of awful dialogue, blatant product placement, and clunky exposition.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 5 out of 7
  1. Sep 21, 2013
    I don't have anything to say other than the fact that you don't need to see this movie at all! It SUCKS! Be sure to check out my YouTube channel "TheMovieManLife" for all things movies. Full Review »
  2. Sep 20, 2013
    As a whole, though, there’s not nearly enough quality material to make Battle of the Year recommendable (much less, accessible) to anyone other than the most hard-core of dance fanatics and even they may want to think twice about seeing the movie in theaters. Everyone else, this is just potential future home viewing material for a drinking game: take a shot every time a dancer points and oohs at his opponent or Josh Holloway gives a pep talk or when there’s an unnecessary reaction shot featuring Chris Brown). Full Review »
  3. Sep 20, 2013
    Battle of the Year is one of the most horrible movies of this year, is like a terrible spin-off of the Step Up saga. This movie has good coreographies, but the rest of the movie (development, screenplay, performances, etc.) is extremely bad. Full Review »