Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Human-spirit cliches and all, the movie accomplishes job one: It moves. It also has a choice soundtrack, spiced by the likes of Missy Elliott’s “Shake Your Pom Pom” and Digital Underground’s immortal “Humpty Dance.”
  2. Reviewed by: Travis Nichols
    75
    Isn't nearly as entertaining as it is predictable.
  3. The wall-to-wall soundtrack naturally features plenty of today's leading hip-hop and R&B artists, including Flo Rida, T-Pain, Missy Elliott and Trey Songz.
  4. 70
    Directed in humongous close-up by former dancer Jon M. Chu, Step Up 2 the Streets is suavely choreographed by Jamal Sims, Nadine "Hi Hat" Ruffin and Dave Scott.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    70
    Rather than mixing classical and modern styles the way "Step Up" did, this hip-hop-powered sequel is all about new moves, which should keep the kids coming back after the pic's initial Valentine's Day crush.
  6. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    67
    In a sequel that features the original's Channing Tatum only in cameo, a Baltimore teen (Briana Evigan, very winning) enrolls at an arts academy, leaving her street-dancing pals behind. So far, ho hum. But when she decides to form a new crew with her classmates, Step Up 2 the Streets improves considerably -- and it doesn't skimp on cool pretzel moves.
  7. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    63
    So when it comes to rawness, realness or any other signifier of urban authenticity, Step Up 2 The Streets doesn't measure up, especially when compared with a grittier dance flick still in theatres, the Toronto-made "How She Move."
  8. Scores some serious points for its dance moves but does a lousy job of remembering there's a lot more to this big old world than moving your feet.
  9. Unabashedly earnest, completely predictable and packed with enough high-voltage dance scenes to make any audience applaud.
  10. A sequel arrives for Valentine's Day with the unwieldy title Step Up 2 the Streets. If it performs as well, watch for "Step Up 3: the Sprained Ankle."
  11. 50
    The stepping is terrific and the climactic sequence, a knowing nod to the infamous Bollywood "wet sari" number, is a knock out. But the united colors of we-can-overcome cuties, predictable class conflicts and sanitized keeping-it-real bluster bring the story's intensely formulaic nature into the.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Step Up 2 is one long, clichéd exercise in predictability with a couple of vibrant dance sequences and some unintentionally hilarious bad acting.
  13. 50
    The current, much better Canadian movie "How She Move" has a more realistic grip on the racial politics of hip-hop-dance.
  14. 50
    Much of the average viewer's time in the theater will be spent waiting somewhat impatiently for the high-energy climax. Catnaps are an advisable way to survive some of the slow spots.
  15. Reviewed by: Felix Vasques Jr.
    50
    The only reason to watch Step Up 2 the Streets, and I mean the only reason, is Briana Evigan.
  16. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    50
    An earnest sequel to the 2006 cornball musical drama “Step Up,” mixing new characters into the original’s setting.
  17. 50
    The central romance is terminally bland, while Evigan's woozy family melodrama seems borrowed from countless superior dance movies.
  18. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    38
    The reason for all this dull-to-offensive story stuff is, of course, the dancing, which has its moments but overall seems so calculated to impress that it loses all other reason for being.
  19. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    30
    If we don’t stop these public dance-offs here and now, before too long we’re going to have an entire generation of kids seeking salvation as back-up dancers for Justin Timberlake
  20. Let's wait for a movie where they do get it all right: story, acting and dancing. It'll happen, just not this time.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. MikeP.
    Feb 19, 2008
    5
    Not as bad as I predicted.
  2. MattK
    Feb 19, 2008
    8
    Completely ridiculous. Full of cliches. Totally predictable. And absolutely amazing. You have to go into this movie knowing what you're Completely ridiculous. Full of cliches. Totally predictable. And absolutely amazing. You have to go into this movie knowing what you're getting. It's a genre piece, and it's done brilliantly. The dialogue is atrocious, but it doesn't matter. The dancing and the directing way more than make up for it. Spend the money, see it on a big screen, it will leave you smiling. Full Review »
  3. PaulK.
    Feb 14, 2008
    5
    Completely predictable plot with more than a fair share of "laugh at the movie" moments, where you shake your head and try to forget the bad Completely predictable plot with more than a fair share of "laugh at the movie" moments, where you shake your head and try to forget the bad dialogue or bad scene that just happened. The best part about this movie is obviously the choreographed dancing. If you decide to see this, ignore the cheesy plot (if you can) and just focus on the moves. Full Review »