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Footloose

Footloose-span-thumbstandard This musical remake of the infectious 1984 hit finds dance-lovin', big-city kid Ren MacCormack stuck in a small town where dancing is illegal. As he rebels against the town and its influential Rev. Moore, Ren falls for the pastor's lovely daughter.
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NYT Review
Craig Brewer’s remake of the 1984 movie “Footloose" stars Julianne Hough, the newcomer Kenny Wormald and Dennis Quaid. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 70%
Critics' score: 70   Audience score: 64   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

An unnecessary, though enjoyable, remake of Kevin Bacon's 1984 breakout hit. full review

Bruce Diones, New Yorker

It seems more pandering (and dated) than ever. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

"Footloose" has the look and feel of an OK basic cable movie." full review

Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com

In terms of empty-headed exuberance, it's hard to top Footloose. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

May not make as great a dent in the current generation as the original film had, but it does offer up a commendable amount of energy and heart... full review

William Goss, Film.com

Paramount's Footloose reboot never quite cuts loose enough to distinguish itself from the original. full review

Rob Nelson, Variety

By the time four little girls teach a dorky guy to dance to (the original) "Let's Hear It for the Boy" I was a gelatinous blob of pure affection. Bring on "Flashdance" 2.0. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

Brewer has delivered a largely unobjectionable note-for-note facsimile of Herbert Ross's ode to teenage rebellion, young love and the unfettered joy of movement. full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

This new version will quite capably supply the same amount of carefree fun to a new generation. Which is exactly what a clever, if not particularly ambitious, remake sets out to do. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Footloose drags its heels to the senior prom and, when it finally gets there, shoves in one last punch-up that puts an odd spin on what should be an upbeat display of happy feet. full review

Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail

Give credit to Craig Brewer, the filmmaker behind the new Footloose, for realizing a new step was in order. full review

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

A new Footloose with sassier steps and the same contrived story is hardly necessary. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

Stays remarkably close to its predecessor in all the ways that count. full review

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

It's a vibrant youth musical that will appeal to audiences who haven't seen the 1984 original. And it has enough charm and life to it to compete with the memory of the earlier version. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Footloose 2011 is harmless as far as it goes, but on the dance floor and off it never goes nearly far enough. full review

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Maybe there is something timeless in anachronism. Maybe Brewer has located the heart beneath the hoke. full review

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

It's an eruption of joyous, jitterbugging energy and a polished piece of filmmaking. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Every now and then, we need to be reminded that shaking your booty is something essential. Or, in the case of director Craig Brewer's Footloose update, shaking your rebooty. full review

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

Wormald lacks Bacon's charisma but Hough has an undeniable star quality, and Teller is a comic delight. full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

The movie plays like a slightly degraded version of the original: the dialogue is a little lamer, the acting a little poorer. full review

Sam Worley, Chicago Reader
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