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An aspiring ballerina from a wealthy family learns some lessons about both dancing and life from a roughneck with soul in this teen drama. Tyler Gage (Channing Tatum) grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in a rough section of Baltimore, and has been in and out of trouble with the law most of his life. Finding himself before the judge yet again, Tyler is sentenced to 200 hours of community service, and he ends up mopping floors at the Maryland School of the Arts. Tyler catches the eye of Nora (Jenna Dewan), a gifted ballet student who is trying to incorporate hip-hop moves into her classical… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While Tatum has rough charm, Dewan is more dancer than actress."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"Step Up may sizzle on the dance floor, but when the dancing stops, the film fizzles."
‑ Judy Chia Hui Hsu, Seattle Times
"Displays atypical laziness and tone-deaf direction for a feature concerning the electric boogaloo secrets of the underprivileged."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The dance numbers are high octane, and the characters are likable enough to make us want to hang with them through a plot we've seen so many times before it's like movie muscle memory takes over."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"The TV spots claim that it "captures the voice of a generation," and if that's the case, then the voice of the youth hasn't changed at all in the five years Save the Last Dance lit up the box office."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Fletcher ably blends ballet and hip-hop, but the filming itself is often clumsy, and Tatum's relentless African American impersonation quickly wears out its welcome."
‑ Bill Gallo, Village Voice
"A lot of movies are derivative. What makes Step Up particularly dispiriting is that it has almost nothing fresh to add."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Even if the picture breaks no new ground, the verve of the actors and their fancy footwork is half the battle."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Predictable dance melodrama with little to recommend it."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Tatum and Dewan have none of the chemistry of Astaire and Rogers, but with help from a good supporting cast and talented choreography, the movie rises slightly above the usual cookie-cutter dance-movie fare."
‑ Jette Kernion, Cinematical
"For a movie about dancing, Step Up is pretty clumsy on its feet."
‑ Scott Bowles, USA Today
"It's almost as wrong-headed as it is pre-fabricated."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Clichéd dance movie with some fun moves."
‑ Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
"For the movie--and audiences--the good news is that both Tatum and Dewan are just enough to best the bum script. They are likeable and their dance talent is undeniable."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Fletcher shows no real talent for the dramatic scenes."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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