How She Move
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An aspiring medical student whose drug-addicted sister has recently died and who may be forced to relocate from her posh private school to the crime-infested neighborhood in which she was raised enters a step-dancing competition in hope of securing the funds needed to continue her education. Unable to afford the tuition needed to fund her private-school education, ambitious teen Raya returns to her family home in the city and is reluctantly forced to reevaluate her future. Upon learning that the top prize for an upcoming step-dancing competition is 50,000 dollars, Raya uses her impressive… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When they dance, the effect isn't exuberant release -- every cartilage-crushing stomp-clap gets more and more furious. This is cheerleading in hell."
‑ Amy Nicholson, L.A. Weekly
"There's not much that's surprising in How She Move, but watching how she moves is a pleasure."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Shows that there's more to Canadian film than icy introspection, but it also shows they can wallow in formula as thickly as their Yank counterparts."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"...has little new going for it beyond a boatload of energy and enthusiasm. And pure formula."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It's a familiar set-up, but while the story falls back on clichés and trite moral messages, a few dance scenes deliver in spectacular style."
‑ Anna Smith,
"How She Move was shot on the cheap in 16-mm. film, and some of it is a little drab-looking, but it has energy and bravado."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"How She Move isn't a great film or even a terribly well-made film, but it has its moments and, of course, it has the ending it's promised all along."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"Another week, another urban dance movie from the United States."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Thumbing its nose at music video ho's as sex wallpaper, How She Move's got muscular gritty girl power, as females challenge the greater strength and energy of the male performers on their own turf."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"The dance scenes are fun to watch but the script's not too light on its feet."
‑ Tony Horkins, Empire Magazine
"As we replay last year's step-dance hit Stomp the Yard, the ostensible message about working hard in school gets stomped out of the yard."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Even if the setting is novel and the leads seem authentic, How She Move is all too content to step down a well-worn path."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The formula is so old that you can almost forgive it. What I couldn't forgive is the soap opera/O.C.-like subplots."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"The film does have great energy, and some fabulous dancing, but the script could have done with another draft."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"With its trite story the film is never going to impress the average critic, but there is energy and passion that make the film work for its target audience, and the choreography is inventive."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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