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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

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