Battle of the Year
Battle of the Year (2013)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 10, 2013
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Critic Score: 6% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a hopelessly hokey plot and unintentionally hilarious dialogue, Battle of the Year is flimsy even by the standards of the dance movie genre.

Todd Gilchrist
TheWrap

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.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Anthony Morris
The Vine

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.

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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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William Goss
Film.com

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.

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Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine

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.

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James Rocchi
MSN Movies

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The 3-D is a pain, and the excitable editing, slo-mo and speeded-up action frustrate attempts to watch the athleticism on display ...

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

I didn't think it was possible, but "Battle of the Year" is more pandering than the entire "Step Up" series combined...

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