Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Jul 26, 2012
    70
    Step Up Revolution has again found some of the most kinetic talents in the country.
  2. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Jul 27, 2012
    63
    It's really just a dance movie, interrupted sporadically for PG-13 romance, bad acting, ridiculous dialogue and earnest "let's put on a show to save our homes!" spirit.
  3. Reviewed by: Hillary Rea
    Jul 26, 2012
    63
    This gang of highly skilled dancers (with the guidance of debut director Scott Speer) delivers a sequence of spectacular group numbers that truly pop in 3-D.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jul 25, 2012
    63
    The film busts a fierce move but never relishes the unique cultural essence that its gentrifying baddie threatens to snuff out.
  5. Reviewed by: A. A. Dowd
    Jul 28, 2012
    60
    A troupe of guerrilla performers led by hunky Ryan Guzman stage synchronized routines on Miami's escalators and restaurant tables.
  6. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jul 25, 2012
    60
    Step Up Revolution is also not a movie you watch for its incredible story and dialogue. The film doesn't even share much connective tissue with its predecessors save for an appearance from Adam Sevani as Moose.
  7. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jul 27, 2012
    50
    The dialogue is ridiculous, the acting wooden - but that's not why we go, is it?
  8. Reviewed by: Sean OConnell
    Jul 26, 2012
    50
    Considering the clichd storyline and lackluster acting, maybe it's South Beach that deserves top billing on the "Revolution" poster.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jul 26, 2012
    50
    One perhaps does not expect a fully formed and cogent political platform from a "Step Up" film, but when a movie puts "Revolution" in the title and engages community action and social justice directly there should be more at the end than simply selling out to the first bidder.
  10. Reviewed by: Stephanie Steinberg
    Jul 26, 2012
    50
    Don't roll your eyes just yet. Step Up Revolution, enhanced by 3-D and set in glitzy Miami, is not as cringe-worthy as you would expect from the fourth "Step Up" installment.
  11. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Jul 26, 2012
    50
    McCormick is particularly grating in upholding her half of the romantic duo. Sure, she can dance, but act?
  12. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jul 25, 2012
    50
    OK, OK. They're good dancers, and well-choreographed. You can see the movie for that and be charitable about the moronic plot.
  13. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Jul 25, 2012
    50
    Step Up Revolution, the fourth entry in the venerable dance franchise, is a narrative failure but a triumph of sheer spectacle.
  14. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Jul 25, 2012
    42
    Those dance sequences are Step Up Revolution's major sticking point. No one goes to a dance movie for the plot, but the lower the expectations drop for the story, the higher they rise for the raison d'être performances.
  15. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 25, 2012
    42
    Step Up Revolution is a bad movie with a few good moments, usually when the cast sets aside delusions of acting prowess and does what comes naturally to them.
  16. Reviewed by: Ellen E. Jones
    Jul 30, 2012
    40
    3D has been kind to teen dance flicks and Step Up 4's better set-pieces take full advantage. Shame the movie's other attempts to tango with the zeitgeist are rather more flat-footed.
  17. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jul 26, 2012
    40
    Alas, the dancers have to stop sometimes to allow the utterly unoriginal story to be told, and the romance at the center of it inspired Amanda Brody, the screenwriter, to produce dialogue so cheesy as to be laughable.
  18. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 26, 2012
    40
    Anyway. Here's what matters: The dance scenes are great. While no more revolutionary than the "political" plotline, the flash-mob concept does allow for more creative choreography than this series has seen in some time.
  19. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Jul 25, 2012
    40
    Abercrombie & Fitch model Guzman looks every bit the metrosexual romantic lead, but also makes a credible partner for So You Think You Can Dance star McCormick. Fortunately, neither is called upon to stretch too far in the acting department and both are able to get by with good looks and flashy moves.
  20. 38
    Dance gets political in Step Up Revolution, the fourth installation of the popular movie franchise, which delivers plenty of spectacular fancy footwork in what is otherwise a flat-footed fantasy.
  21. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Jul 26, 2012
    38
    Revolution tries a few plot moves, but, narratively, it has two left feet.
  22. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jul 26, 2012
    20
    In short, it's nothing you haven't seen countless times before and, while it's not offensively bad, it also adds zero to the same old routine. Meh.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Jul 27, 2012
    0
    Ok, a new Step Up, in 2010 we watch Step Up 3D, but the thing that I don't understand is the reason for do a new movie, because Step Up Revolution is same than the other 3 movies, we don't watch any new, the show now is very boring and rest is terrible. Full Review »
  2. Mar 19, 2013
    6
    Let me say if you go into the theater looking for excellent story telling and plot lines then avoid it, but if you just want to see a fun movie and amazing dance sequences then watch it. 1. Acting: Eh it's not bad I mean it is believable, but come on, Its not Inception. 2. Plot: It kept me interested with the girl and the father. then the guy and his brother. Its pretty good. 3. Music: They finally found dubstep. 4. Dance: As always the dancing is spectacular the best thing about these films. 5. 3D: I will say like the previous film the 3D does work however it just seems like the 3D only comes in for the dances and the opening and ending scenes. Watch if you want to be entertained but if your looking for something more I guess skip it. But if your a fan of dance this is your movie. Excpecially the opening and ending dance scenes. Full Review »
  3. Jan 27, 2013
    6
    It's not about a complicated and thrilling plot, or a cast of incredible actors that make you believe every part of this is real. No, Step Up Revolution is simply about intricate and intoxicatingly-good choreographed routines involving "mobs" of people. Taking on the phenomenon that became the flash mob over the past few years, Step Up is simply offering up a tribute to the times. Film critics: you're going to nit-pick this film to death. But if you are easy-going and know what to expect, the movie is definitely watchable. I did feel that they borrowed the plot direction from Step Up 3 and only tweak it slightly at times, but overall it's entertaining. If the franchise were to find some real substance in the story and write the dialogue a little better, it would be quite an experience. As is, though, Revolution is just passable. That okay for me, since I came to see some dancing. In Step Up Revolution, there are some of the most diverse and cool routines of the franchise. So if you've already seen the first three, why not see a fourth? Full Review »