Battle of the Year
Battle of the Year (2013)

Battle of the Year is an international dance crew tournament that attracts all the best teams from around the world, but the Americans haven't won in fifteen years. Los Angeles Hip Hop mogul Dante (Alonso) wants to put the country that… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 20, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 10, 2013
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Consensus: With a hopelessly hokey plot and unintentionally hilarious dialogue, Battle of the Year is flimsy even by the standards of the dance movie genre.

Todd Gilchrist

its dramatization of a U.S. dream team's journey to the international showcase is leaden with predictable character types and storytelling clichés, neither of which its well-executed but oddly infrequent dance sequences are able to overcome.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

Battle of the Year clearly features lots of brilliant dancers, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy watching them move. But you wish there were more dancing here.

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John Fink
The Film Stage

Not only does it fail to use 3D, with its rapid edits, but the dramatic stuff is poorly edited and sound mixed as well.

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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly

The actual dancing scenes are occasionally electrifying, if far too sparse, but other than that and the welcome sight of co-star Chris Brown getting clocked in the face, the film barely gets off the ground, much less sticks the landing.

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William Goss

Should satisfy the planet of b-boys and girls to whom it thoroughly preaches, while amusing anyone else who simply can't ignore the promise of an all-corn buffet.

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Eden Caceda
FILMINK (Australia)

Despite the reasonable dancing scenes and passable acting by singer Chris Brown, Battle Of The Year is a string of clichés, stock characters and unbearable melodrama.

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James Rocchi
MSN Movies

A dead-in-the-soul cash grab of a movie set in the competitive world of B-boy dancing that thinks clichés, phony melodrama and product placement can substitute for real storytelling and actual characters.

Simon Abrams

The movie's inability to showcase its greatest asset, the grace and control of its dancers, is its most conspicuous failing.

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Anthony Morris
The Vine

Even when a dance movie is following the formula as closely as Battle of the Year does, occasionally something you won't get to see anywhere else slips through.

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