Footloose Reviews

  • Craig Brewer's adaptation cleverly gives several nods and winks to the first film, but also has a modern sensibility that every teenager today will understand.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Brewer, who previously put his high-intensity spin on Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan, displays his coolest moves in the way he smartly unties this Footloose from its 1980s moorings.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Somehow "Footloose" never finds its rhythm. The maudlin scenes drag on, and the livelier moments pass by too quickly.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • A new Footloose with sassier steps and the same contrived story is hardly necessary.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Brewer has delivered a largely unobjectionable note-for-note facsimile of Herbert Ross's ode to teenage rebellion, young love and the unfettered joy of movement.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • I don't know what Brewer wanted to capture. There are too many close-ups of stomping, swinging feet to suggest he cared about great choreography.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • While hewing closely to Footloose's original story and themes, Brewer's film throws the standard high school movie notion of a teenage caste system out the window.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • Wormald lacks Bacon's charisma but Hough has an undeniable star quality, and Teller is a comic delight.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Give credit to Craig Brewer, the filmmaker behind the new Footloose, for realizing a new step was in order.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Brewer puts just enough smarts, sweat and swagger into his version of the dance steps making up this film that you can't help but move your feet and hum along.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • An unnecessary, though enjoyable, remake of Kevin Bacon's 1984 breakout hit.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • This 2011 version is so similar - sometimes song for song and line for line - that I was wickedly tempted to reprint my 1984 review, word for word.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • When a film depends on feeling something between the photogenic but antiseptic Wormald and Hough, and you don't, you realize why that film may come up short in ways unrelated to dance training.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The movie plays like a slightly degraded version of the original: the dialogue is a little lamer, the acting a little poorer.

    Sam Worley — Chicago Reader

  • Every now and then, we need to be reminded that shaking your booty is something essential. Or, in the case of director Craig Brewer's Footloose update, shaking your rebooty.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It's an eruption of joyous, jitterbugging energy and a polished piece of filmmaking.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • In terms of empty-headed exuberance, it's hard to top Footloose.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • A pleasant reminder of the past for fans of the first one, and an agreeable-enough experience for everyone else.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Paramount's Footloose reboot never quite cuts loose enough to distinguish itself from the original.

    Rob Nelson — Variety

  • By the time four little girls teach a dorky guy to dance to (the original) "Let's Hear It for the Boy" I was a gelatinous blob of pure affection. Bring on "Flashdance" 2.0.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

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