Its just as cheesy and just as icky, but calamitously fails to offer any high-octane dance to ease the pain.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Another dance movie this year? Seriously, where the heck do they keep coming from?
Mike Edwards - Obsessed With Film
Mike Edwards - What Culture
...yet another tedious inspirational tale revolving around a would-be dancer's efforts at transcending her wrong-side-of-the-tracks upbringing to become a professional hoofer.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
We know the trajectory, it's a question of how brightly the rocket burns and how interested we are in the astronauts aboard this dance missile from small town Indiana to Chicago Big Time Dance School
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
- Irish Times
This film's limp retelling of the against-all-odds cliche just doesn't bump, grind or sweat enough to make it happen.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Mary Elizabeth Winstead [has] star quality.
Des Partridge - Courier Mail (Australia)
It's hard to dislike all these urban musicals aimed at teenage girls, and even harder to tell them apart.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
It's all just filler between the dance scenes, which are admittedly fun. Think Pussycat Dolls with slightly more clothes on. Unrepentantly formulaic, but enjoyable all the same.
Ellen E Jones - Total Film
The film should have been called Rehash Dance, because it is Flashdance without any new ideas.
- Sun Online
It could be a contemporary take on classic backstage musicals. Or it could be the end of the cinematic arts as we know them.
Kevin Maher - Times [UK]
The directing's lazy, the love interest is a smarmy douche and the dialogue is flatter than Winstead's toned tummy.
Nick De Semlyen - Empire Magazine
There's dancing, there's emotion, there's an earnestly cheesy inspirational storyline, there's nothing you won't have seen before.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
So predictable that you know exactly what's going to happen at any given minute.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Despite boundless energy and some surprisingly artful photography, 'Make it Happen' is never more than product. Cheap, abysmally scripted and utterly soulless.
Tom Huddlestone - Time Out
This awesomely unambitious film has all the depth of a Pepsi ad.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Then you wait for the moment one of the regular girls gets injured, the hostess has to find a replacement and... the rest you know.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
The story may be predictable but Winstead infuses every moment with an amazing amount of charm.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
In short, this is a watchable dance movie and Winstead's performance just about compensates for the generally poor direction.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon