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Battle of the Year Review

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0.5

Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    29

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 10

    out of 100

    The New York Times Miriam Bale

    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.

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  • 20

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Annlee Ellingson

    This 3-D spectacle is less the dance movie that's going to make b-boying cool again than a shill for sponsors' gear.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Variety Andrew Barker

    So 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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    The young dancers' undeniable skill and athleticism is squandered in this formulaic, overly familiar dance movie.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Passable drama has great dancers but no originality.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Battle of the Year is a drama about a hip-hop dance crew (including a cocky dancer played by musician Chris Brown) training to take on the world's best groups in an international competition. Though it lacks originality, it emphasizes teamwork above ego and artistry over showboating. A main character is an alcoholic who's trying to quit. Expect plenty of swearing -- "s--t," "damn," "hell," etc. -- and some sexual innuendo and confrontational behavior, primarily shouting and one fistfight. Several products are shown, especially those from Sony.

  • Families can talk about the coach's approach to team-building and training. Cliched as it may seem, what does it truly mean when someone says there's no "I" in team?

  • Is Battle of the Year different from other dance movies? The same? Is there a formula? And if so, does there have to be?

  • What does the coach learn from his dancers?

The good stuff
  • message true4

    Messages: Teamwork, above all, prevails. And check your ego at the door.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Though Coach Blake is an alcoholic, he's trying to stop drinking while putting the team together. Almost everyone on the crew is well-intentioned and determined, though some are arrogant and aggressive. (They're weeded out pretty quickly.)

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A fistfight erupts between two dancers over a girl, but it's over soon. A man has a tense conversation with a colleague regarding his sexual identity. A main character has experienced tragic loss.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Some sexual innuendoes.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes several uses of "s--t," plus "bulls--t," "damn," "t-tties," "ass," "hell," "goddamn, "oh my God," and "a--hole." Also, some scenes of young men giving each other the finger.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Labels seen/shown include Braun, Sony (all sorts of products), Puma, Agora, and Air Tahiti.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One main character is dependent on alcohol, and he's shown knocking back a flask morning, noon, and night -- but he's trying to kick the habit and pull himself together.

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