It's not the most original of plots—a young woman needs to win a step-dancing competition to escape poverty—but strong dance sequences and acting manage to more than save the MTV production of How She Move, critics say. "The story itself is a hodgepodge of devices, conceits, and half-baked motives," writes John Anderson of the Washington Post, but that's not enough to sink the film.
Star Rutina Wesley "glowers with just the right touch of sweetness," writes Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly. The setting, among the children of Caribbean immigrants in Toronto, adds a bit of originality to the cliched story, says Matt Zoller Seitz of the New York Times. And its strong acting and "spectacular" dance scenes make it "the sort of film that sends you home with a spring in your step," he writes.