Members of an American dance crew see their skills put to the test in an international contest.
" 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. "
" The dorky, jingoistic charm wins points just for daring to dress the team in red, white and blue Kangols while the judges scream, "Korea strikes back with an aerial assault!" "
" A dead-in-the-soul cash grab of a movie set in the competitive world of B-boy dancing that thinks cliches, phony melodrama and product placement can substitute for real storytelling and actual characters. "
" A frenetic mess that makes Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloolook like a Fellini film. "
" At the risk of sounding 100, I think it's regrettable this film had to be shot in digital 3-D. "
" Battle of the Year is too inept to make this tired premise sing. "
" Chris Brown gets punched in the face, so it's not a total wash. "
" Everything about Benson Lee's predictable dance flick "Battle of the Year" strikes me as old. "
" Fatally frontloaded with endless training montages, awfully written, indifferently acted drama, sports-film platitudes and jaw-dropping product placements that only the hardiest of viewers will make it through to the payoff. "
" If you can get past the mountain of cliches and poor acting and hackneyed story lines and the fact that someone let Chris Brown be in a movie, "Battle of the Year" is actually ... still pretty awful. "
" Tom Hardy owns this taut, telling character study. "
" The 3-D is a pain, and the excitable editing, slo-mo and speeded-up action frustrate attempts to watch the athleticism on display ... "
" The actual dancing scenes are occasionally electrifying, if far too sparse, but other than that and the welcome sight of co-star Chris Brown getting clocked in the face, the film barely gets off the ground, much less sticks the landing. "
" The miracle of the new 3-D dance film "Battle of the Year" is how it can be so relentlessly boring while there is so much frenetic activity on screen. "
" The raison d'etre of popping-and-locking scenes is trumped by tired team-building bathos, whose flagrancy is anything but conducive to spreading the film's hug-it-out bro-love. "
" The story is a derivative quilt, patching together cliches from every sports movie since 1976. "
" This 3-D spectacle is less the dance movie that's going to make b-boying cool again than a shill for sponsors' gear. "
" "Cesar Chavez" embodies the quiet efficacy of its namesake without resorting to the bombastic theatricality he himself avoided. "
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