Stomp the Yard
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DJ is a troubled youth from Los Angeles attending the historically black Truth University in Atlanta, Ga. When adapting to his new environment proves difficult, DJ finds solace in joining a struggling fraternity where he begins implementing his street-style dance moves in an attempt to help the step team win the coveted National Step Show Championship. Before long DJ becomes the competing fraternity's main rival, while trying to pursue his new love interest, deal with his own troubled past and learn the true meanings of brotherhood and fraternity along the way.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's little here for British eyes."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Hollywood has a few well-rutted stories it likes to tell over and over, and Stomp The Yard includes at least five of them."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"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,
"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,
"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
"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
"... 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
"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
"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
"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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