Stomp the Yard Reviews

  • The shallow frat-on-frat rivalry and the poor-boy-loves-rich-girl subplot don't mean a thing. But the stepping does got that swing.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Stomp the Yard is a strange and at times strangely compelling mix of black fraternity recruitment video and inspirational tale about a hip-hop boy in a stepping world.

    Rachel Saltz — New York Times

  • An inspirational dance movie, which, like an inspirational sports movie, runs on predictable rails.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Director Sylvain White goes by the book, except in the early scenes where he gives new meaning to the concept of a shaky camera. Initially, the camera work is so frenetic as to be off-putting and dizzying.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • If you've never seen [stepping], it's quite a show, and Stomp the Yard throws well-deserved light on this somewhat under-the-radar phenomenon.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • [Columbus] Short, another pop choreographer, sounds like Vin Diesel, but he moves like a bee. When he dances, he makes sure every girl in the theater goes home stung.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • What we get is scene after scene of exhilarating routines, all leading up to the big finale. And with two furiously intense teams ready to dance each other off the stage, it's an absolute winner.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • The moves can be remarkable, though ritually repetitive -- male chorus lines of adrenalized automata acting out anger, menace, pride, audacity or joy.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The film's makers get just how rich, even ecstatic, these subcultures of movement can be. It's aggravating then, to see how easily they trip up that vitality with uninspired storytelling.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • A nod must be given to choreographer Dave Scott, who skillfully blends the dance styles into an explosive whole. Seeing Stomp the Yard for these bits alone is well worth it.

    Mary Houlihan — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The results are corny beyond measure. Yet there's something sweet about them.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The movie ends with a generic exhortative quote from Martin Luther King Jr., who probably wasn't talking about synchronized dancing.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • The performance sequences are explosively exciting, and Short's acting is almost as accomplished as his acrobatic dance routines.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Stomp the Yard panders to every cheap expectation. Actually, director Sylvain White goes a bit cheaper than his immediate predecessors, drawing out the low booty shots for giggle and jiggle effect.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • If you're looking for a dance movie with heart, Stomp the Yard is the ticket.

    Annemarie Moody — Arizona Republic

  • The dancing is more dynamic than the plotting in Stomp the Yard, an energetic if formulaic underdog tale.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • The movie starts with furious team dance-offs, but these aren't as interesting as they should be. Camera trickery keeps slowing down or speeding up everyone's movements, which destroys the amazement factor raised by the documentary Rize.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • The script, based on an earlier screenplay by a Florida A&M alum, accomplishes little -- it's basically Drumline, with dancing instead of drum corps.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Perhaps director Sylvain White hoped that this laughably melodramatic film might find its way into the pantheon of urban dance films. But seen against such films as Rize and You Got Served, it's a step in the wrong direction.

    Susan Walker — Toronto Star

  • The plot is stale though some of the moves are fresh in Stomp the Yard, a Flashdance-like fable about a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who brings his street-wise gangster style to the world of competitive fraternity step dancing.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

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