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Fame Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 24, 2012
Kevin Tancharoen's remake of "Fame" is a flat, lifeless experience that is missing the emotion required to get us involved with the characters and their situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 22, 2011
The pageantry really is very nice, especially the dance numbers, but as soon as the music stops, so does Fame. It's not the worst remake ever made, it's not even really very bad, just stodgily, repressively mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 29, 2010
Fails to make a significant mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 24, 2009
This Fame is a film without the guts to show Idolized America that, as Debbie Allen so memorably said way back when, "Fame costs, and right here's where you start paying."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com
August 12, 2010
I'm gonna live forever? Fat chance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 24, 2009
The new Fame is a sad reflection of the new Hollywood, where material is sanitized and dumbed down for a hypothetical teen market that is way too sophisticated for it. It plays like a dinner theater version of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 24, 2009
A cheesy production with underdeveloped characters that feels more like a TV pilot than a self-contained motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
September 25, 2009
As a group this cast probably wouldn't even make it past Hollywood week on "American Idol".
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 24, 2009
Thanks to the blitheringly awful script -- credited screenwriter Allison Burnett disavows it, and he willingly put his name on Feast of Love and Untraceable -- we barely get to know any of the young lead characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
August 9, 2010
Grab the soundtrack, which highlights the great voices amongst the cast, and enjoy the best bits of the film through your iPod.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 29, 2009
'Fame 2009' is the cinematic equivalent of Muzak and will leave many viewers longing for the next episode of TV's 'Glee.'
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
September 24, 2009
I actually feel stupider having watched this film.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine
September 25, 2009
Like its gifted if excitable protagonists, Fame would have done well to stay in the classroom a bit more, rather than trolling the New York streets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
September 30, 2009
Oh, MGM: I realize you're staving off bankruptcy, but is remaking past hits the answer?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
September 25, 2009
Can't remember any of their names, except for one. Kudos to Kherington Payne who has come a long way since 'So You Think You Can Dance'. Only standout performance in my book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
September 24, 2009
Tancharoen does not bring anything particularly fresh or distinctive to the song and dance elements of the story, but the new group of students (led by possible star Kay Panabaker as Jenny) deliver credible-enough performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
September 26, 2009
The movie is salvaged by a few well-choreographed dance numbers and some signature songs. The movie is geared to fans of MTV videos with short attention spans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
September 26, 2009
This is not, in any sense, an accurate depiction of life at an arts school. It's a giant MTV VMAs performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 25, 2009
The title song from Fame begins, "Baby, look at me/And tell me what you see." I'll bite, baby: I see a faithful remake that is worse than the original in almost every respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
September 25, 2009
That fame seems assured to those who merely crave it -- without sacrifice, or spiritual and physical effort -- emerges as the underlying message in this sanitized and unrewarding production. Simon Cowell has much to answer for.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

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