Below are more “Make Your Move” reviews coming out in major news sources across the country. They are raving on the dancing and music. We’ve provided some quotes below (note the positive reviews in bold text!), but, be sure to see the links for the full reviews. Also, if you didn’t catch our earlier posting with a review from the New York Times, be sure to read it too. ~Vogue
From the New York Daily. Note how they give it 3 Stars:
Director Duane Adler’s energetic dance flick is bound to be dismissed as a “Step Up” wannabe. But most of that series’ recent sequels were not as good as “Make Your Move.
“It’s cheesy fun for sure, but fun nonetheless.”
From the Los Angeles Times:
…writer-director Duane Adler’s film is a celebration of cultural hybridization. Its core dance styles are a wonderfully frenetic fusion of tap and hip-hop and a truly novel blend of Japanese taiko drumming and K-pop girl-group choreography.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
The Romeo and Juliet-inspired plotline basically serves as a framing device allowing the opportunity for a plethora of exuberant dance sequences that particularly show off Hough’s considerable talent. Although it takes a while for the main characters to hook up, Hough’s Donny seals the deal with an impromptu dance duet in which he removes his shirt to reveal his admirably chiseled torso. While the Astaire-Rogers movies used dance as a metaphor for sex, in these modern variations it’s an elaborate form of foreplay.
From The Washington Post:
If you want a dance drama, Duane Adler is the man for the job. He wrote “Save the Last Dance,” “Step Up” (and its many sequels), “The Way She Moves” and “Make It Happen.” Now he’s back at it, writing and directing “Make Your Move,” a “Romeo and Juliet”-inspired addition to his guilty pleasure niche.
ETA: 3 out of 4 Stars from Roger Ebert.com
Derek Hough will be familiar to fans of “Dancing with the Stars,” and when he is allowed to let loose here and really show what he can do, he is an absolutely thrilling performer. And BoA, whose fame is enormous in Japan, is wonderful, bringing ambition, humor, and smarts to her character. You like them both.
“Make Your Move” has an underlying sweetness that serves it well. It understands the need for community, for expression, for family. It’s kind to its characters. It features a diverse cast, accurately reflecting the dance world and its inhabitants. Adler and Middleton know that when we come to a dance movie, we want a chance to see, really see, those dances. They find a way to do just that.