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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 privilegedEveryone 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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Step, under the sure hand of director-choreographer Anne Fletcher, quickly discovers its own virtuoso charms. Two of them are its leads.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    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. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    50
    The teen dance drama Step Up seems like it was not only inspired by a Janet Jackson video but entirely written during one.
  5. 50
    Once in a great while, a film of insight and wisdom defines a generation. Step Up is not that film. Instead, it's the sort of mildly entertaining movie that comes along a couple of times a year.
  6. Step Up never quite does fly: its dance routines are low-voltage, the star chemistry is weak, the characters are clich├ęs and the movie is practically an instant remake of Dewan's other '06 dance musical, "Take the Lead," which told the story better.
  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: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36
  1. MarilynB
    Oct 14, 2006
    10
    I loved this entire movie, the dancing was great and the story was good as well.
  2. KristinaG.
    Jan 4, 2007
    10
    I thought this movie was great! The dancing was excellent, the actors had great chemistry, and it was a good story line.
  3. RachB.
    Jun 2, 2007
    10
    Best film ever. The ballet bit at the beggining was incredible. I only hope that one day i can dance like that. It was incredible music, Best film ever. The ballet bit at the beggining was incredible. I only hope that one day i can dance like that. It was incredible music, incredible dancing, and incredible muscles on channing's chest (oh yes!). I loved it. Expand
  4. Kelly
    Jan 26, 2007
    9
    Ok, it was predictable like all chick flicks but it was a great movie - Channing is the bomb he is as hot as any boy can be--he can move. Ok, it was predictable like all chick flicks but it was a great movie - Channing is the bomb he is as hot as any boy can be--he can move. Jenna is gorgeous and definetley knows how to dance. This movie really sucked me in being a dancer myself. I even bought the bloody thing. Expand
  5. ACE5
    Dec 24, 2006
    7
    My wife wanted to rent this movie, I thought it would be another "Save the last dance" type of movie. While watching the movie, I noticed it My wife wanted to rent this movie, I thought it would be another "Save the last dance" type of movie. While watching the movie, I noticed it wasn't as corny as I originally thought. The dancing was fairly entertaining, the acting wasn't too bad, the story was decent enough to keep me awake. I really think they should have put a little more effort into developing the characters back story. The story was good enough to make my wife cry, but with a little extra effort it could have made movie viewers develop a richer bond with the characters, that would have involved alot more emotion towards the ending sequence. Expand
  6. PaulK.
    Aug 8, 2006
    6
    An editing overhaul to lift out the extraneous scenes and a tighter, more realistic screenplay would have been a great benefit to the clunky, An editing overhaul to lift out the extraneous scenes and a tighter, more realistic screenplay would have been a great benefit to the clunky, uneven plot. Still, the dancing sequences and the actors ability put this one just over the line. If you have an interest, check it out...but video is most likely the best option. Expand
  7. GaborA.
    Aug 15, 2006
    0
    Had Duane Adler not also have written Save The Last Dance a couple of years ago this film would be called plagiarism. Instead what we have is Had Duane Adler not also have written Save The Last Dance a couple of years ago this film would be called plagiarism. Instead what we have is capitalism. Like Girl Cosmo this movie relies on the hopes that young females cannot remember what they read/saw a couple of years ago. Instead of black and white now we have rich and poor. Shes still trying to get into a prestigious program. He's still coping with a life and friend of psuedo crime. Its still hip hop meets ballet. People, don't prove to them that they can get away with this crap. Don't see it. I know I didn't. Expand

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