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  • Summary: A coming-of-age drama interwoven with elements of romance, class conflict and the rich tradition of African American college fraternities. (Sony)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Manny Lewis
    67
    The ads for Stomp The Yard play like a music video and, thus, they are not misleading; the film consists of a series of phenomenal dance sequences, all highly entertaining and expertly choreographed.
  2. 63
    For his part, Short, another pop choreographer, sounds like Vin Diesel, but he moves like a bee. When he dances, he makes sure every girl in the theater goes home stung.
  3. The movie lives and dies on the energy of stepping.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    50
    The dancing is more dynamic than the plotting in Stomp the Yard, an energetic if formulaic underdog tale about warring black fraternities specializing in an intensely competitive style of step dancing.
  5. The plot is stale though some of the moves are fresh.
  6. 40
    Newcomer Short has charisma, charm and athleticism to burn, but it's mostly for naught in a movie that spends two tedious hours pulling out every stop in the gold-hearted-kid-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks- meets-gold-hearted-girl-who-values-true-love-above-privilege playbook.
  7. Stepping is everything in Stomp the Yard, and, dare I say it, a stepping stone to DJ's redemption. The movie itself is redeemed -- slightly -- by its almost touching devotion to the hoary Hollywood traditions of college movies with battling frats, as well as its earnest endorsement of education.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. MadisonL.
    Jan 21, 2007
    10
    This movie is the sickest movie I have ever seen. The people and their dancing are amazing, It is the greatest film ever therefore it can not be a 45. Expand
  2. BrandonB.
    May 14, 2007
    10
    This movie is very cool. It has its sad parts and all the moves are awesome it is a thrillride from the acting to the impossible moves they pulled of The Director made this movie his best one. This movie is AWESOME so buy it tomorrow. Expand
  3. JordanS
    May 15, 2009
    10
    This movie was a great movie I really loved watching this movie! "Stomp The Yard" had an awesome Choreography!
  4. EmanuelC.
    Jan 14, 2007
    8
    Sure the plot is weak, slow and ultimately predictable but the dancing and the way the dancing is photographed makes the movie worth seeing over and over again. I can't wait to buy the DVD. Expand
  5. ZiftK
    Jul 11, 2007
    4
    The movie was very eh... Nothing new, just like your normal dance movie. IE) you got served. It had some nice moves, and so on, but the rest of the movie dragged. Watch it when it's on TV, it's nothing to write home about. I'd say the highlight in the movie was April, she looked great. Other than that, very average movie. Expand
  6. ChadS.
    Apr 5, 2007
    3
    DJ(Columbus Short) is, by all appearances, not a product of his environment; he's smart enough to attend Truth University on a scholarship; he's more like Tre than Doughboy. We assume. "Stomp the Yard" flees John Singleton's hood before we know who DJ is: good kid or thug? Stay awhile, after all, "Stomp the Yard" has a running time close to two hours. All we know about this dancer's life in Los Angeles is that he witnessed his brother's murder. For starters: has he himself ever fired a gun? DJ doesn't come to Atlanta with any noticeable baggage, which challenges the stereotype about hip-hop being a preventive measure against pacifism and feminism. DJ is a nice guy, a little too nice. He's boring. I'm not advocating that he smack his bitch up; I mean, April(Meagan Good), but a few rough edges would make for a more interesting protagonist. Neither the cardboard characters nor the okay dance sequences deliver us from noticing how the story unfolds, almost by rote. It's that predictable and completely devoid of any surprises. Expand
  7. WayneU.
    Jan 13, 2007
    0
    Good dancing doesn't make this pile a good movie.

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