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  • Summary: Everyone deserves a chance to follow their dreams, but some people only get one shot. Tyler Gage is a rebel from the wrong side of Baltimore's tracks -- and the only thing that stands between him and an unfulfilled life are his dreams of one day making it out of there. Nora is a privileged ballet dancer attending Baltimore's ultra-elite Maryland School of the Arts -- and the only thing standing in the way of her obviously brilliant future is finding a great dance partner for her senior showcase. When trouble with the law lands Tyler with a community service gig at Maryland School of the Arts, he arrives as an angry outsider, until his skills as a gifted street dancer draw Nora's attention. Now, as sparks fly between them, both on and off stage, Tyler realizes he has just one performance to prove that he can step up to a life far larger than he ever imagined. (Touchstone Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Alive with infectious rhythm, likable characters, and slick dance moves, Step Up gives clich├ęs a good name.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Fresh cast, a formulaic but engaging storyline, and a smoking soundtrack from rap and hip-hop luminaries.
  3. Both Tatum and Dewan know how to move, and their co-stars (including musicians Mario and Drew Sidora) are equally gifted.
  4. Tatum, the hunky object of Amanda Bynes's fancy in "She's the Man," and an engaging basketballer in "Coach Carter," is the best thing about this uninspired formula-thon.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    For a movie about dancing, Step Up is pretty clumsy on its feet.
  6. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    Until the movie stumbles under the weight of its noble intentions and its tediously formulaic story, it delivers a few lively, well-shot dance sequences and some winning moments.
  7. The dreary teen drama Step Up appears to be cobbled together from bits and pieces of successful movies.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 7 out of 35
  1. Mar 25, 2012
    This is one of the best dance movies of all time. It is rare to find a dance movie that has both excellent dancing and good character development. It also helps that the lead actors, who were very like able, were also very accomplished dancers. As a result, the dancing was a lot more fluid, because they didn't have to hide behind camera tricks and stunt doubles to look impressive. I enjoyed Step Up II and III, but the first movie will always be my favorite. Expand
  2. Apr 29, 2013
    This is where the saga began and it will probably remain the best of the bunch, and least 'street' if that makes sense. Both Channing & Jenna play likable leads and as corny and predictable the storyline is, its a nice film with some slick dance moves, which can make you forget that the storyline slacks a little. Anyone who loves a good dance movie will probably have this at the top of their list and theres no shame in that as its probably one of the best out there. Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2010
    not my favorite, but hey. at least it was worth a shot.
  4. Aug 1, 2014
    I really wonder how the "Step Up" franchise emerged anyway. There were actually good films on dancing before, with much more accomplished performances and fresher stories. "Step Up" fails even to merely please the eye. Jenna Dewan is far more enjoyable in "Take the Lead" and Channing Tatum seems pretty unable to act. Expand
  5. Sep 28, 2011
    It's almost a novel, it has no interest at all, they just looked to a specific public, not to all the spectators, it is 1 and the 1 is for the try, the history is pure Reality Show / Teenage Series. Expand

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