91

Entertainment Weekly

By 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.
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90

Movieline

By 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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By 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.
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Footloose won me over early, with a sequence in which the hero gets all heavy metal while restoring his badass ... VW Bug.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This remake does something less organically fun. It makes kids nostalgic for something they never experienced.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
As remakes go, Footloose is fine, serving up slightly fresher batches of cheese and corn. But why? Why?
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60

New York Daily News

By 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.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Footloose 2011 is harmless as far as it goes, but on the dance floor and off it never goes nearly far enough.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By 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.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Silly as it was, the first movie had a more innocent and campy spirit than this calculated, if faithful, redo.
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58 out of 100
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