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  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.
  2. Aug 12, 2010
    They're only garbage can lids, but it's her garbage can lids; an old woman, outside, sweeping her brownstone front, whom Moose(Adam G. Sevani) and Camille(Allyson Stone) taunt, as these NYU students disturb the aluminum covers before throwing them to the ground, once they outlive their usefulness as appropriated percussions. The kids owe the townie an apology, but with Fred Astaire's "I Won't Dance"(from William Seiter's "Roberta") playing over the soundtrack, their sense of entitlement is easy to overlook. But it's there. The archaic music, dislocated from its period, in conjunction with the New York setting, can't help but conjure up Woody Allen, who employs pre-rock-and-roll music in all of his films, and fancies the intellectual upper-class. Arguably, this seemingly harmless encounter is a case of class warfare. And their hubris doesn't stop there, as Moose and Camille help themselves to a pair of in-line scooters, no doubt angering its young owners, turned off by the flippant affectedness of these hoofin' strangers, who heave the wheels across the sidewalk with practiced nonchalance. Appropriately enough, the song and dance begins at a Mister Softee truck, since Moose and Camille owe these children(and the old woman) some frosty treats, as payment for the minor vandalism brought upon the quiet block, due to their self-involvement. Moose, an engineering major, can't concentrate on his studies, because Luke(Rick Malambri), a budding filmmaker, has no qualms in pulling his protege out of classes, perhaps, out of jealousy; perhaps, he yearns to be a film major, and not the financeer of a lame dance troupe. If he's so talented, another Tarantino insists Natalie(Sharni Vinton), why doesn't she fill out a NYU application for him? Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2010
    Seriously, I don't expect much from this film when it comes to the plot, but one cannot deny that the choreography have improved a lot and become more theatrical (homage to Lady Gaga). I saw my head bopping with the music and the insane dance moves that ranges from 'oldie musical', 'Hip Hop' to just plain painful to watch. As I mentioned before, the plot is nothing much but the laziness exudes from the script cause the acting from the cast to be... well, a train wreck, I literally cringe everytime they try to talk. It's worth watching for the dance alone but those looking for a me satisfying experience, I suggest somewhere else. Expand
  4. Sep 7, 2010
    The whole time I was watching this movie, it reminded me of watching a soap opera show. They did a bad job building the characters and story line. The only thing I liked about was the dancing and 3D. Good entertainment so I say go see it when it comes to DVD.
  5. Oct 24, 2010
    Great Movie dance moves make it worth a 10 well the story preety average but those dance moves makes u pumpin and den there s the 3d it makes u wanna dance but they really need to improve on the story as the plot is very predictable and find dancers that can act as well
  6. Oct 31, 2010
    not my favorite, but worth a try.
  7. Dec 20, 2010
    The whole franchise is just about a group of street dancers dancing in the street?! Obviously, the plot isn't what we are here to watch. The only reason anyone even see this franchise is because they want to see some dancing. Acting, plot, story-telling, and writing, screw all of that. The only thing they need is a good choreographer and a director who specializes in dancing. Jon Chu is the correct choice since he directed the first Step Up and he did a fine job on this one also. The eye-popping 3D is what I like in particular to this. Adding in the 3D is a very risky but also right move. Everyone loves to see a dancing film in 3D! Aside from the bad acting, no plot, and the improvised dialogue, Step Up 3D is the best dancing film of the year. Expand
  8. Jan 20, 2011
    STEP UP 3D
    I feel like I just got home from a live concert, a good one! It gives you non-stop dance action since the opening credits roll. There are three important things that make thiz movie looks awesome: brilliant choreography, explosive music and terrific funky costume. About the predecessor itself, the rising star Channing Tatum took the first step in STEP UP in 2006 which it was
    kind of conservative and boring. In 2008, Briana Evigan made a remarkable and memorable image via STEP UP 2: THE STREETS. Previous character the skinny and curly kid Robert Alexander III or we simply call him: Moose is swing back into action with Luke (Rick Malambri) and Briana Evigan look-alike, Natalie (Sharni Vinson). Together, they team-up with other passionate dancers including The Robotic Dance Master, Vladd (Chadd Smith) along with stunning harmonious Freestylers The Santiago Twins (Martin and Facundo Lombard) and others. They called themselves: Pirates, in order to compete on World Dance Jam contest. The Director is John M. Chu who has also directed the 2nd incredible movie. Let me summarize it for you, the storyline and conflict are zero and the dance experience is top-notch! It was just like watching music video clips, we actually put aside the story and just enjoying the visual delight and great music, that is it! That is how we can take benefit from thiz kind of genre. The Dance scenes look wonderful, not just the choreography but also the camera movement and additional effect as well, like: splashing water, powder mist, illuminated neon costume etc. They try to push beyond the boundaries in new creativity of dance revolution. I never talked about technical factor on my review before, but I had to say thiz one could be the best 3D experience since AVATAR (2009). I want to watch over and over again, we could almost think they are not coming from thiz planet! Maybe Luke is right, they are BFAB, simply Born From A BoomBox!

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  9. May 29, 2011
    The best things in the movie are the crazy dances, the fantastic coreographies, the miscellaneous beats, and the music. The actor Adam Sevani was great, he rocked much as in the second movie. I'd like to say the same thing about the couple, chiefly the guy, he's pretty, but the performance was awful, even like that they had a good quimic, they should have improved the performance. At the end was awesome, but it didn't pass over that, it missed too much to be really good. Expand
  10. Jun 3, 2011
    I find this film the most cheesiest film out of the trilogy and the plot wasnt remorable and I watched it three times. But nevertheless I enjoyed the film, it had the most dancing scenes out of all three of the films.
  11. Oct 14, 2011
    The dancing scenes make it worth watching 10 times... The plot isn't the best part of the movie, and is pretty unconvincing. I would like to say that the soundtrack of the movie is unbelievable. The movie is also great because it's in 3-D. I would love to see it again, and I recommend that everyone does.
  12. Jul 29, 2012
    One of the best movies I saw in my life.It has an amazing plot and wonderful dances.The dances are in the spotlight.The last dance is the best.A wonderful movie with coreography.
  13. 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 Expand
  14. Mar 18, 2013
    It's time to take the ultimate step into 3D! First the pros. This movie has great actors, great music, exceptional dances, good directing and writing, and of course It is the first dance movie to be in 3D and actually use it to the fullest which made it work. Cons. The story-line has been done before do this or do that which is it gonna be. The romance was kinda kiddie yes this is a Disney film but come on. But all in all it was very good to say the least. Expand
  15. Jun 20, 2013
    WOW. That was a waste of time. The first two movies were good and entertaining. This one was bad. It was too predictable the 3d was bad and the dance moves were not interesting and magical. I had great expectations for a 3D dance film but this Step up was bad. Such a pity...
  16. 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?

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. An exhilarating summer treat for all ages.
  2. 50
    The advanced 3-D technology of today meets the mothballed clich├ęs of yesteryear in Step Up 3D.
  3. 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.