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Grindhouse star Mary Elizabeth Winstead headlines the dance-themed picture Make It Happen -- a bleak drama about a small-town girl who migrates to the Windy City, where she hopes to build a career as a respected dancer. Instead, her life spirals hopelessly downward and she ends up working at a burlesque club to pay the bills and support herself. Scribe Duane Adler -- known for such dance-themed pictures as Step Up and Save the Last Dance -- authored the script; Darren Grant (Diary of a Mad Black Woman) directs. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite boundless energy and some surprisingly artful photography, 'Make it Happen' is never more than product. Cheap, abysmally scripted and utterly soulless."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"We know the trajectory, it's a question of how brightly the rocket burns and how interested we are in the astronauts aboard this dance missile from small town Indiana to Chicago Big Time Dance School"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"It's hard to dislike all these urban musicals aimed at teenage girls, and even harder to tell them apart."
‑ Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia)
"The film should have been called Rehash Dance, because it is Flashdance without any new ideas."
‑ , Sun Online
"Its just as cheesy and just as icky, but calamitously fails to offer any high-octane dance to ease the pain."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Another dance movie this year? Seriously, where the heck do they keep coming from?"
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"This film's limp retelling of the against-all-odds cliche just doesn't bump, grind or sweat enough to make it happen."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"So predictable that you know exactly what's going to happen at any given minute."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"It's all just filler between the dance scenes, which are admittedly fun. Think Pussycat Dolls with slightly more clothes on. Unrepentantly formulaic, but enjoyable all the same."
‑ Ellen E Jones, Total Film
"It could be a contemporary take on classic backstage musicals. Or it could be the end of the cinematic arts as we know them."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"...yet another tedious inspirational tale revolving around a would-be dancer's efforts at transcending her wrong-side-of-the-tracks upbringing to become a professional hoofer."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Mary Elizabeth Winstead [has] star quality."
‑ Des Partridge, Courier Mail (Australia)
"Then you wait for the moment one of the regular girls gets injured, the hostess has to find a replacement and... the rest you know."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"This awesomely unambitious film has all the depth of a Pepsi ad."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"There's dancing, there's emotion, there's an earnestly cheesy inspirational storyline, there's nothing you won't have seen before."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
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