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: Simon Braund
    Nov 11, 2013
    Dismal, cliché-ridden stuff.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  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.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 5 out of 6
  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 »