Stomp the Yard
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A young man finds that the moves he learned on the street may help him make a better life for himself in this youth-oriented musical drama. DJ Williams (Columbus Short) is a 19-year-old growing up in Los Angeles; while DJ is at heart a good kid and a gifted street dancer, he runs with a dangerous crowd, and one night an underground dance competition turns into a brawl and DJ ends up in jail. DJ's younger brother has already died a violent death, and his mother, hoping to put him back on the straight and narrow, sends DJ off to Truth University, a historically African-American college in… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

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"There's little here for British eyes."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Stomp the Yard is a strange and at times strangely compelling mix of black fraternity recruitment video and inspirational tale about a hip-hop boy in a stepping world."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"It's a little bit of a musical, a little bit of a sports film, a little bit coming-of-age story. And none of it, beyond the dancing, any good."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"It's not a great movie, no, and maybe not even a particularly good one. But it's likable and unassuming, and the dancing is off the hook, or whatever the kids are saying these days."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"The dynamic dance sequences have all the right moves, but there's precious little to hold the attention once the music stops."
‑ Neil Smith, Film4
"Benign nonsense."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"Perhaps director Sylvain White hoped that this laughably melodramatic film might find its way into the pantheon of urban dance films. But seen against such films as Rize and You Got Served, it's a step in the wrong direction."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"... the film as a whole lacks the energy of its dance numbers."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"There is so much yet so little on the screen: so much movement and action, but so little to cling on to. So much angst, so little context."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Driven along by a decent cast who really turn it on during the musical moments, letting their steps tell the story."
‑ James White, Total Film
"The moves can be remarkable, though ritually repetitive -- male chorus lines of adrenalized automata acting out anger, menace, pride, audacity or joy."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Typical of dance movies, there's a bit of story to fill the gaps between energetic sessions of movement. Director Sylvain White captures loads of feverish step action with stylishly jittery camerawork, muted colors and claustrophobic framing."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"At a time of year when theaters are filled with flashy, fun, but empty offerings, Stomp The Yard is a surprisingly satisfying alternative."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"An inspirational dance movie, which, like an inspirational sports movie, runs on predictable rails."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"The performances are good but the heavily cliched script ensures that there's very little of interest here, unless you're a massive stepping fan."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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