Battle of the Year
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Battle of the Year is an international dance crew tournament that attracts all the best teams from around the world, but the Americans haven't won in fifteen years. Los Angeles Hip Hop mogul Dante (Alonso) wants to put the country that started the Sport back on top. He enlists his hard-luck friend Blake (Holloway), who was a championship basketball coach, to coach his team. Armed with the theory that the right coach can make any team champions, they assemble a Dream Team of all the best dancers across the country. With only three months until Battle of the Year, Blake has to use every… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"its dramatization of a U.S. dream team's journey to the international showcase is leaden with predictable character types and storytelling clichés, neither of which its well-executed but oddly infrequent dance sequences are able to overcome."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, TheWrap
"Battle of the Year clearly features lots of brilliant dancers, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy watching them move. But you wish there were more dancing here."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Even when a dance movie is following the formula as closely as Battle of the Year does, occasionally something you won't get to see anywhere else slips through."
‑ Anthony Morris, The Vine
"Dismal, cliché-ridden stuff."
‑ Simon Braund, Empire Magazine
"Like those it imitates, the film includes some energetic dance sequences and formulaic plotting that culminate in the obligatory final competition."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"The actual dancing scenes are occasionally electrifying, if far too sparse, but other than that and the welcome sight of co-star Chris Brown getting clocked in the face, the film barely gets off the ground, much less sticks the landing."
‑ Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly
"Should satisfy the planet of b-boys and girls to whom it thoroughly preaches, while amusing anyone else who simply can't ignore the promise of an all-corn buffet."
‑ William Goss,
"Josh Holloway tries his hardest, God bless him, but Battle of the Year 3D can't even be enjoyed as a blissfully dumb entry in its genre."
‑ Russell Hainline, Movie Mezzanine
"What could've been a fun '80s throwback ends up more frustrating that it's worth."
‑ Ken McIntyre, Total Film
"If director Werner Herzog can do it with 'Rescue Dawn' and 'Little Dieter Needs to Fly,' why can't director Benson Lee?"
‑ Linda Cook, KWQC-TV (Iowa)
"A dead-in-the-soul cash grab of a movie set in the competitive world of B-boy dancing that thinks clichés, phony melodrama and product placement can substitute for real storytelling and actual characters."
‑ James Rocchi, MSN Movies
"The 3-D is a pain, and the excitable editing, slo-mo and speeded-up action frustrate attempts to watch the athleticism on display ..."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"I didn't think it was possible, but "Battle of the Year" is more pandering than the entire "Step Up" series combined..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Battle of the Year would rather use crowd-shot cutaways to convince you of the dancers' prowess than focusing on the stage."
‑ Liam Maguren,
"In particular, as mentioned, the dance sequences are a mess, which is the kiss of death for a film in this genre."
‑ Louis Black, Austin Chronicle
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