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City kid Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock 'n' roll and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Actors: Dennis Quaid , Julianne Hough , Kenny Wormald , Ser'Darius Blain , Ziah Colon , Kim Dickens , Patrick John Flueger , Ray McKinnon , Miles Teller , Andie MacDowell
Directors: Craig Brewer
Country: USA
Release: 2011-10-14
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  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Stepping into sacred shoes once worn by Kevin Bacon, Wormald handily owns the role for a new audience. Same goes for a terrific Miles Teller (Rabbit Hole) in the sidekick role of Willard so memorably originated by the late Chris Penn.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Brewer, who spent most of his childhood in Memphis, is one of the few contemporary filmmakers I know of who can make movies about the South without sentimentalizing it, glorifying it or looking down on it.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Wormald won't make anyone forget Bacon, but he dances better, and without a stand-in. Hough's dance ability is well-known, but she also displays flashes of acting skill.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Footloose won me over early, with a sequence in which the hero gets all heavy metal while restoring his badass ... VW Bug.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The new Footloose does everything it needs to do. 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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    It hardly needs to hang its head around the original, and it bolsters Brewer's standing as a talent of note.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Finally, along comes a remake – a darn faithful one, too – that's not a just a pointless rehash or mindless retread.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Brewer's Footloose has sex, swagger, and even an edge of danger, but in the end, he's hamstrung by the project's innate ridiculousness.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Plotwise, though, Brewer's Footloose is anything but loose. In fact, it's rigidly loyal to the original, to the point of slavishness.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Footloose never needed to be dragged into the 21st century, but Brewer has made it look and sound a little bit more like the real world.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    As remakes go, Footloose is fine, serving up slightly fresher batches of cheese and corn. But why? Why?

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    This remake does something less organically fun. It makes kids nostalgic for something they never experienced.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The result is that rare breed of big-studio pictures: A remake that makes sense.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    If the Footloose remake had its own signature dance, it'd be called the Push-Pull, as this hip-to-be-sorta-square movie, much like the small-town teens within it, has a mind for propelling itself toward a progressive future while continually being yanked back by cherished hallmarks of the past.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Brewer gave the film a little Southern hip hop, and brought in real Southerners Quaid, Andie MacDowell and Ray McKinnon to further Southernize it.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    When the characters in Footloose are dancing and the music is blaring, the film comes alive. It has energy and personality. Would that the same could be said about the dramatic scenes, which are hamstrung by a combination of mediocre acting and atrocious dialogue.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

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

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Oddly, Craig Brewer has softened the tone for his remake. But nearly everything else remains intact, and -- surprisingly -- that's just enough to win us over.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    This Footloose it's a pleasant reminder of the past for fans of the first one, and an agreeable-enough experience for everyone else.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • David Fear

    Suffering through flatlining romantic and dramatic interludes isn't any less painful now than it was in '84, but when this musical occasionally kicks off its Sunday shoes, the dynamic memory-lane trip actually approaches - Kevin help us! - something resembling genuine fun.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Karina Longworth

    Nothing in Footloose comes close, in this respect, to the best moments of Brewer's previous, vibrant if uneven films "Hustle & Flow" and "Black Snake Moan," but this heartfelt retread of a notably thin popcorn property does come alive during an illicit dance-off.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • James White

    There have been far, far worse remakes out there. Harmless, feel-good fun.

    Empire Full Review
  • Todd Gilchrist

    From start to finish, Brewer's remake exudes the look and style of its forebearers: semi-awkward dance choreography, clunky dialogue and an obedience to formula that borders on cliché. But somehow, it works.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Rob Nelson

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

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    This same premise holds for the remake, and it seems more pandering (and dated) than ever.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jennie Punter

    While dance sequences are not particularly well edited compared to the new breed of dance flick, Wormald and Hough are exciting hoofers to watch.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Silly as it was, the first movie had a more innocent and campy spirit than this calculated, if faithful, redo.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Footloose poses as a bold update, but it's shockingly out of step with the times.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Somehow Footloose never finds its rhythm. The maudlin scenes drag on, and the livelier moments pass by too quickly. It only works when it settles down and lets the characters (and the audience) hang out and have a little fun.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

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

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Brewer must have convinced himself that a schlocky old movie would speak eloquently to today's teens. About half of the time, he pulls it off.

    Time Full Review
  • Sam Worley

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

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The result is a film that feels hidebound. And nobody ever called a dance-driven movie "hidebound."

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    The new film may also serve a purpose by showcasing a dynamic and attractive new actor, Kenny Wormald but, otherwise, this is a by-the-numbers affair.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    This new Footloose is a film without wit, humor or purpose.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
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