Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. It's a contemporary movie musical that makes you feel genuinely sky-high.
  2. An exhilarating summer treat for all ages.
  3. It boasts a generous exuberance and, as entertainment products go, it's surprisingly sweet.
  4. Step Up 3D isn't, in dramatic terms, a very good movie, but it's the first film in a while to use 3-D as more than a marketing ploy; it points toward an original way of making a musical.
  5. 63
    The actors, aside from Sevani, were clearly not cast for their mad acting skills.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Rhythmically, athletically and energetically, Step Up 3D does not disappoint.
  7. Reviewed by: Ylan Q. Mui
    The main reason to see Step Up 3D is for the high-energy dancing and innovative camerawork, and on those points it delivers.
  8. While several of the dance sequences admittedly pack a visual pop, the added dimension does the hokey scripting and some of the acting no favors by amplifying their already noticeable shortcomings.
  9. Back for a third go-around, the Step Up franchise is still as light on story as it is on its feet, but audiences looking to get a cinematic workout from the high-stepping action served up here could do a lot worse.
  10. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    This vapid street-dance soap opera boasts the series' flashiest moves and klutziest script yet, like a brilliant acrobat with a speech impediment; it's also one of the few 3D releases since "Avatar" to make compelling use of the format.
  11. Director Jon Chu (Step Up 2 the Streets) ably exploits the 3D format, constantly moving the action forward and upward. The color and music also pop, as do scene stealers Martin and Facundo Lombard, Argentine twins whose comedic talents nearly match their dizzying footwork.
  12. Aimed at teens and tweens, the almost-squeaky-clean Step Up 3-D shamelessly piles on the corn, stacking it so high that it's bound to tilt over and collapse.
  13. The third instalment of the Step Up dance-romance franchise shifts the action from Baltimore to New York, adds a D to the 3 and invades your space with bubbles, balloons and a whole lotta breakin'.
  14. 50
    The advanced 3-D technology of today meets the mothballed clichés of yesteryear in Step Up 3D.
  15. Step Up 3D is so lacking in any kind of edge, it might as well be "High School Musical: The Hip-Hop Edition."
  16. Sure, it's nifty enough to see dust particles swirling or hands swooshing at you, but mostly the 3-D muddles the invention and exquisiteness of the film's raison d'être: the dancing.
  17. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Watching this movie in 3-D is very much like sticking one's head in a blender and hitting "pulse."
  18. 38
    It's the same movie as the earlier "gotta dance" over-choreographed crunk-and-breakdance epics. Exactly the same.
  19. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Meant to take the scrappy and often ingeniously choreographed dance sequences to the next level, the result is stalled between floors: Some sick moves get even sicker; some become distorted and freakishly distracting.
  20. 30
    The dancers may be skilled, but their work has no meaning in terms of the story -- it's pure spectacle, and numbingly repetitive spectacle at that.
  21. 25
    Step Up 3D is strictly 1D. Tired choreography and moldy hip-hop gestures accompany insipid characters.
  22. In Step Up 3D, what's going on is: nothing.
  23. Reviewed by: Julia Turner
    Preposterous plot devices, leaden acting, and clunktastic dialogue are acceptable in a dance movie, but bad choreography is not, and it's during the dance scenes that Step Up 3D fails.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Sep 5, 2010
    The plot, the script, and (for the most part) the acting are weak, imo, but the dance scenes make this movie worth seeing if you are at all interested in seeing dancing on the large screen. Full Review »
  2. Nov 17, 2013
    I usually enjoy movies with choreography and professional dancers because they're usually exciting to watch. But this one is just too mediocre. The worst part is that I feel no efforts from the writers to build a fresh storyline. How many times have we seen this kind of plot, ffs? Full Review »
  3. Jun 25, 2013
    The third addition in the Step Up series is probably just as good as the first and better than the third. Corny as they are there's no denying there is some great dancing in these films, and visually they look great! Don't know about the message they put out there when it comes to Moose skipping classes to dance, but Sevani is easily the most talented dancer in the film and plays a very funny character. Fans of the series will not be disappointed and dance fans alike will love it too Full Review »