Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic 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. The results are corny beyond measure. Yet there's something sweet about them, in part because there's something sweet about hearing the line "Congratulations! Why didn't you tell me you pledged?" outside the realm of comedy.
  3. 63
    Stomp the Yard hasn't an original bone in its fierce, sweaty body, but explosive choreography, high-energy moves and a generous helping of hot, frequently shirtless guys offer plenty of entertainment.
  4. 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.
  5. Short is a professional choreographer, and his dancing seems unstuck in time. How he can break his movements down to such small elements, keep them so precise and in such rigorous rhythm, yet keep the whole thing on track and moving forward with Nureyev's beauty and discipline is something to see.
  6. The shallow frat-on-frat rivalry and the poor-boy-loves-rich-girl subplot don't mean a thing. But the stepping does got that swing.
  7. The movie lives and dies on the energy of stepping.
  8. As the central character in this musical melodrama about step dancing in black fraternities, Short displays an uncanny dramatic sensibility to go with the eye-catching athleticism of his dance moves.
  9. So, yes, the story is bland and predictable and disappointing. But here's the thing about dance movies (or cheerleading movies, or even marching band movies): All that really matters is the action.
  10. 50
    As DJ, Columbus Short eases his way through the movie without trying to impress us too much, which is welcome, but he's also a little bland around the edges.
  11. Stomp the Yard, at nearly two hours, has a decent story, a good subject and a horrible plot.
  12. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Far too long for a movie so unabashedly formulaic, Sylvain White's drama about a kid from L.A. who discovers the world of "stepping" at an Atlanta university uses a propulsive soundtrack and flashy dance sequences to draw attention away from wooden acting and a cliched plot.
  13. The plot is stale though some of the moves are fresh.
  14. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    50
    Won't ever be accused of breaking new ground; it's too busy entertaining to worry about being original.
  15. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    50
    A strange and at times strangely compelling mix of black fraternity recruitment video and inspirational tale about a hip-hop boy in a stepping world.
  16. 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.
  17. 42
    Unfortunately, it misses the one cliché that might have been welcome: the predictably plotted flashy dance movie where the actual dance makes it all worthwhile.
  18. Reviewed by: Simon Braund
    40
    Decidely average teen drama but with a few decent dance numbers.
  19. 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.
  20. 40
    Holding all this together would be enough of a chore even without the hollow black-pride message.
  21. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    Given its predictable story, the only reason to see Stomp is for the rhythmic step dancing.
  22. Reviewed by: Stephen Saito
    38
    Director Sylvain White, whose last film was the equally unnecessary "I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer," manages to take the joy out of a dance movie by jerking the camera around and speeding up the dance moves so much.
  23. Reviewed by: Michael Ordoña
    30
    Yes, stepping is an age-old tradition at historically African American schools, but this smells of desperation; one more misstep for a film with two left feet.
  24. 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.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. JordanS
    May 15, 2009
    10
    This movie was a great movie I really loved watching this movie! "Stomp The Yard" had an awesome Choreography!
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. ChristopherD.
    Jun 12, 2007
    2
    This is a rewrite of Teen Wolf. It is the same exact story just it doesn't take place in highschool. I have seen this movie so many times in a hundred different guises and this is beyond childish. It offers nothing culturally of importance though it portends importance. Do not waste your time this movie has nothing to offer but the many jokes you can make about it. Full Review »