Box art for Step Up: Revolution

Step Up: Revolution

drama, romance

STEP UP: REVOLUTION is the next installment in the worldwide smash STEP UP franchise, which sets the dancing against the vibrant backdrop of Miami.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Dance movie is formulaic but boasts some fun sequences.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like all of the Step Up films, Step Up Revolution is a fun, fairly harmless trifle (unless you consider fantastic dance sequences featuring skimpily clad dancers dangerous), even though it's not particularly deep or memorable. Tween and teen girls will be drawn to the tale of a good girl who meets an edgy guy and wants to join his dance crew -- you can expect some displays of rebellion, usually in the form of a disruptive flash mob and some graffiti tagging, and plenty of sensual dance moves. There's some social drinking and a bit of swearing ("a--hole," "damn," one "s--t"), too.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Step Up Revolution's messages -- standing up for what you believe in and aiming high with your goals. How does it convey these messages?
  • Why do you think the crew becomes more brazen with each flash mob? How do you feel about becoming a consumer of videos made specifically to get clicks, regardless of content?
  • Given the crew's presumably honorable motivations, can their law-breaking be excused?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The plot is pure boilerplate, yet the draw of this franchise has always been its fancy footwork, and the movie's stuttering, herky-jerky spectacles of impassioned movement are pretty extraordinary.

- A.A. Dowd, Time Out New York, Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fresh: There's too much color and energy and frenzy in this movie to discount it entirely, but it has a disconcerting tendency to undercut its best notions with some singularly awful moves.

- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Friday, July 27, 2012

Rotten: She's a rich daddy's girl! He's from the wrong side of the tracks! They bridge their socio-economic gap through the power of dance! Rinse, repeat.

- Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic, Thursday, July 26, 2012

Audience Reviews

4 stars

This franchise just took it to a whole new level. The cast was amazing, the choreography was wonderful, and the story was brilliant. I loved it from beginning to end - especially the last dance with the leads.

- Hamee, Thursday, November 29, 2012

3 stars

Also known as Step Up Revolution. I like that they have random people showing up from the other movies. Moose, even if it was just at the end. It does have a lot of kewl dance scenes, the plot was probably lacking because of it, but it's a Step Up movie, so I guess they are forgiven. I could have delt without the 3D shit for the sake of 3D, throwing sand and what not.

- helwigs, Thursday, November 29, 2012

3 stars

As someone who had never seen any film in the Step Up series due to general cynicism toward an entire trilogy based solely on hip-hop dancing, I was at times blown away by the mesmerizing spectacle of Chuck Maldonado's visually dazzling choreography coupled with freshman director Scott Speer's hyperactive editing; pulling the audience into the stunningly complex flash mob styled performances. With more spectacle and pizzaz than most of the Hollywood blockbusters to be released this summer, Speer and Maldonado execute a few truly memorable sequences; most notably a jaw dropping scene set in a luxurious office building. The film has visual flair to spare, which is why it's a disappointment just how mundane and clichd the storyline is. Future plot points and be seen coming from miles away, and the generally mediocre acting doesn't help a bit. However, the hyperkinetic dance routines are enough to recommend the film, even with some caution. Grade: C+

- thepersonwhowatchesmovies, Friday, August 24, 2012