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Step Up Revolution (2012)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 52

Step Up Revolution treads familiar territory by surrounding its lively and kinetic dance sequences with a predictably generic story.

32

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 15

Step Up Revolution treads familiar territory by surrounding its lively and kinetic dance sequences with a predictably generic story.

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 63,899

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Step Up Revolution is the next installment in the worldwide smash Step Up franchise, which sets the dancing against the vibrant backdrop of Miami. Emily (Kathryn McCormick) arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer and soon falls in love with Sean (Ryan Guzman), a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs, called "The Mob." When a wealthy business man threatens to develop The Mob's historic neighborhood and displace thousands of people,

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts

Jenny Mayer

Nov 27, 2012

$35.1M

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All Critics (93) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (52) | DVD (2)

It's equal parts 'Flashdance,' 'Burlesque' and 'Lambada', all parts ludicrous - but we aren't here for the story any more than we watch Béla Tarr for the salsa numbers.

August 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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There's too much color and energy and frenzy in this movie to discount it entirely, but it has a disconcerting tendency to undercut its best notions with some singularly awful moves.

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Wrap
The Wrap
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With the most wooden leads of the series to date - an MMA fighter and a "So You Think You Can Dance" alum - the drama between the dancing has never felt more interminable.

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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"Step Up: You've Seen All This Before" would be more accurate, but Summit Entertainment's marketing department knows that wouldn't help sell tickets.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Delivers plenty of spectacular fancy footwork in what is otherwise a flat-footed fantasy.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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While dance purists won't be impressed by the energetic and athletic choreography -- the dancers have clearly learned routines but not necessarily technique -- date-movie audiences will likely want to go out dancing afterward themselves, and that's fun.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comment (1)
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The dancing is the one thing - and I mean the ONE THING - that the film has going for it, and it's not showcased as well as it should be.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

The story is sappy and predictable... But the dancing has a freshness and vibrancy that's infectiously enjoyable.

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Many of the old tropes and gimmicks from the previous films are recycled into an all-too-familiar plotline: An edgy, streetwise guy falls for a classy, upper-crust sweetie, and together they dance their way past obstacle after obstacle.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The Step Up franchise has never been noted for its astute screenwriting, but this instalment sets the bar so low that even its bendy cast members would have trouble limboing under it

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

99.99% of Step Up Revolution is the most entertaining movie of the year so far. But oh, that 0.01%...

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Comment (1)
CraveOnline

[A] poorly scripted, energetically performed hip-hop musical in which a team of young dancers take to the streets of Miami hoping to publicise themselves and get rich.

August 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

One can't help but feel that if the franchise hasn't jumped the shark it's certainly stepping over a finned killer fish with abandon. Damn. We've been served.

August 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Great routines, silly story but it still delivers infectious, energetic 3-D escapism.

August 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Plausibility aside, Speer's film is undemanding fun.

August 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Director Scott Speer doesn't quite manage to ruin it all with his hyperactive editing. So just sit back and enjoy the choreography - and the year's most risibly idiotic plotline.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

The Step Up dance franchise steps up for a fourth time, unashamedly and unselfconsciously sticking to a tried and trusted formula, here transplanted to Miami.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

[T]he dancing fantastic... the sexy is unusually positive... [but] the moment the dancing stops, it all stumbles into the howlingly ridiculous...

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

The new leads are as factory‑farm gorgeous as ever, and the movie's alcopop fizz and snappy choreography save the day as usual.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Anyone who loves watching any kind of dance (and, based on the popularity of the TV shows "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing With The Stars," there are a few of you who do) will find something to appreciate and admire.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Nothing much here that you couldn't experience by watching 20 minutes of music television.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Enjoyable fourth instalment of the popular franchise that succeeds thanks to stunning dance sequences, appealing leads and a script that actually has something to say ...

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The fourth in the series of frenetic dance films is as formulaic as ever.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

All the dancing is mesmerising, with highly original set pieces, contemporary routines and a sort of revolutionary organised chaos that will definitely appeal to the teen demographic most likely to go and watch these films.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Step Up Revolution is an exercise in extremes--when the characters aren't busy crying over the same ol', same ol', they're dancing in some of the most unique, exciting setups ever produced that will make your eyes pop out of your head.

August 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Audience Reviews for Step Up Revolution

One step can change your world.

Saw it again! Very enjoyable movie! Great moves! Strength of will and right attitude are the main ingredients for getting what you want. It is not always about being in the right place at the right time. But also making sure those two will meet you half way. Overall Step Up Revolution may be one of the better movies of this series. With awesome moves, fitting soundtrack, and decent acting, it's definitely refreshing for the audience. However it is still a dance movie with a lot of skewing towards dancing and less to story, so don't expect masterpiece.

The Mob sets the dancing against the vibrant backdrop of Miami. Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer and soon falls in love with Sean, a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs, called "The Mob". When a wealthy business man threatens to develop The Mob's historic neighborhood and displace thousands-of people, Emily must work together with Sean and The Mob to turn their performance art into protest art, and risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause.
July 2, 2013
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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

This film has as much plot as the trip I just took in my trip to the restroom. I'm sorry, I usually put more class in my reviews but when a film is completely unnecessary and had no work put into the story of the film then I will put no effort into making a review for it... it was well choreographed. There.
August 6, 2012
Joshua Wilburn

Super Reviewer

It's almost adorable how stupid this movie is.
August 4, 2012
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

They are really trying to milk this franchise now. Ever since the second film was released, these had a direction to take the story, and the third film became a huge hit in my book, but this film has absolutely nothing going for it. Having a film that relies on YouTube to drive the story is a recipe for disaster. So there is an organization trying to build a new city where these people want to dance. Pretty unoriginal eh? The only thing to take from this film is the stylish dancing that dazzles in 3D, but other than that, the story sucks, the acting is dreadful, and the plot is very very thin. This being said, the end of the film is very well done and seeing the old cast again was a nice touch. "Step Up Revolution" tries way too hard to outdo it's predecessor's, but it really fails. It's watchable, but that's about it!
July 29, 2012
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. Eddy: [to Sean] But she's dancing lead. [to Emily] Consider this as you initiative.
    – Submitted by WillKai K (20 months ago)
    1. Emily: Enough with performance art... It's time for protest art.
    – Submitted by WillKai K (20 months ago)
    1. Sean: When the mob speaks, everyone listens.
    – Submitted by Cyra M (20 months ago)
    1. Moose: Hi my name is Robert Alexandar the third, but you can call Moose.
    – Submitted by Ted A (20 months ago)
    1. Sean: Sometimes it's good to break the rules.
    – Submitted by AJ L (20 months ago)
    1. Emily: I want in.
    – Submitted by Chris P (21 months ago)
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