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Based on 21 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    An enjoyable movie not because of any special gifts by the filmmakers or emotional resonance in the script. It was more like destiny. Once someone jotted down the concept on a cocktail napkin and hired B-Boys who could actually dance, the movie pretty much had to turn out OK. show more

  • 60
    New York Daily News

    It’s undeniable that the good-natured “Afterschool Special” vibe here plays to the film’s corny strengths, and the dancing is impressive. So much so that it’s almost impossible not to cheer during the final round. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    The young dancers' undeniable skill and athleticism is squandered in this formulaic, overly familiar dance movie. show more

  • 53
    William Goss

    Should satisfy the planet of b-boys and girls to whom it preaches. show more

  • 50
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    At the risk of sounding 100, I think it’s regrettable this film had to be shot in digital 3-D. Both those formats actually do a frustrating disservice to the depiction of the action, making them look choppier, more flickery and occasionally blurrier than they would otherwise. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The 3-D is a pain, and the excitable editing, slo-mo and speeded-up action frustrate attempts to watch the athleticism on display, but the last half-hour takes it up a notch. show more

  • 50
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    The singer and tabloid darling Chris Brown more than holds his own with this crew, apparently not even needing a dance double. show more

  • 38
    Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine

    Remarkably, the highlight of Benson Lee's film, essentially a fiction reboot of his Planet B-Boy, isn't the scene where Chris Brown gets punched in the face. show more

  • 12
    Simon Abrams

    To put in Clichénese, the only language Battle of the Year knows: the creator's hearts just weren't in this thing. show more

  • 50
    Nathan Rabin The Dissolve

    It isn’t good by any stretch of the imagination, but B-movie lovers who like their dance movies flashy, fun, and spectacularly dumb shouldn’t mind. show more

  • August 31, 2012 io00000000128434
    Report This User

    Chris Brown was such a good actor in this movie from the trailers that you see can\'t wait to see it when it comes in theaters in January 2013. Josh Peck was a good actor to but not better than Chris Brown is. Did you see Chris Brown with his shirt off.

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