Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25

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  1. Pleasantly modest, endearingly etched and briskly set to a pounding beat.
  2. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Lively, likable and refreshingly unsensationalistic about the drugs and sex that come with the territory, this techno-propelled mash note to the rave spirit sticks to the surface.
  3. A fun, well-assembled and -performed slice of life that requires no special affinity with the subject matter in order to -- ahem -- get one's groove on.
  4. What's infectious about Groove is the friendly, almost innocent way that its brat pack of digital-age bohemians seek liberation in a world where there is nothing left to rebel against.
  5. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Mark Caro
    If you require fine writing, sharp plotting and consistently good acting, you will be in for a long 86 minutes.
  6. 70
    Divided into sections bracketed by the arrival of each new DJ and is enlivened by the edgy yet trendy environment.
  7. 70
    As a musical feast, Groove works well. As a celebration of tribal ritual, it's even better.
  8. 70
    The film's seductive lack of pretension will make a fan of you.
  9. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Groove offers the most wholesome vision of orgiastic oneness imaginable -- it's a raver's version of "The Love Boat."
  10. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Has a sweetness to it that's irresistible, and its techno, trance and jungle soundtrack is as infectious and hypnotic as a contact high.
  11. This is not the addictive, hot-wired movie you want.
  12. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    Contains too many weak performances and predictable lines to succeed, but it's probably the best rave movie so far.
  13. 60
    What gives the movie its coltish charm is Harrison's scene-setting feel for the indomitable brio of kids.
  14. If you're a rave virgin, it'll more likely make you feel like the guest nobody invited. And why would you pay nine bucks for that?
  15. A sweet-natured ode to rave culture saddled with a ridiculously clichéd plot line.
  16. 50
    I liked the music. I would rather have the movie's soundtrack than see Groove again--or at all.
  17. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    The story of Groove... provides an ingratiating road map to a cultural phenomenon. Just make sure you drink lots of water while you're there.
  18. The music and wizard DJs in Groove are better than the dopey story.
  19. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Its characters and plot are almost wholly negligible. It's just a party.
  20. The best thing about this movie? It's short.
  21. 40
    Groove is less a work of subcultural ethnography than a curiously dorky act of hipster sincerity, less party movie than cheesy valentine
  22. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: John Anderson
    There's not enough sustained musical momentum to simulate the energy of an actual rave; the characters are likable but unremarkable.
  23. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Kim Morgan
    Groove seems to be less about what it is chronicling than what its attempting to decipher.
  24. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Dan DeLuca
    Unfortunately, it lacks a compelling story or characters of any complexity.
  25. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    But there's nothing in this amateurish movie that the opening credits of last year's "Go" didn't do better.

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