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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. allstar5503
    Oct 14, 2006
    Best Movie Ever!!
  2. Emily
    Dec 25, 2006
    In my opinion, choregraphy (if necessary for a certain movie), characters, and a good storyline all make for a great movie. Step Up had all three.
  3. RachB.
    Jun 2, 2007
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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