Fame

Fame

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Fame Reviews

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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The high school is so sanitized that there are no drugs, cutthroat competition, or-inconceivably for a theatrical milieu-no gay students.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 2, 2009
Michelle Orange
L.A. Weekly
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Members of the class of '80 struggled to stay in school despite homelessness and crime; the greatest crisis in '09 finds a student's Sesame Street work schedule affecting her GPA.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 1, 2009
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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There are enough hoary soap-operatic plottings for a thousand Gossip Girls (emotionally distant parents, almost-rapes, suicide attempts), yet Tancharoen individualizes each crisis so that no one character comes off as a mock-universal surrogate.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

September 30, 2009
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
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I don't mind the cornball and I don't mind the clichés, but I just think that the thing has to be executed a little better than this.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

September 28, 2009
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It's almost fatally modest. But it has a sweet spirit, and it offers only one true moment of inadvertent camp: a (lame) finale featuring an African dance routine completely at odds with all the white bread we've just been served.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 25, 2009
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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There are six new songs in the remake, but not one makes any impact, or is likely to end up as the ring tone of 2010.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

September 25, 2009
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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First-time filmmaker Kevin Tancharoen struggles to flesh out the 10 characters we meet during their freshman year at PA.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

September 25, 2009
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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The production numbers are great, sometimes jaw-droppingly so.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 25, 2009
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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Way back in 1980, when the Oscar-winning theme song of the movie Fame declared "I'm gonna live forever," it was easy to believe the lyric was an example of artistic license. Now, it's not so clear.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

September 25, 2009
David Jenkins
Time Out
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This film makes even the most gaudy of Saturday night TV talent contests look like Dostoyevsky in comparison.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

September 25, 2009
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A desperate, cynical -- and most likely unsuccessful -- attempt by a dying studio to stave off oblivion by jumping on the High School Musical bandwagon, exploiting one of its legacy titles in ways that dishonor the original.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

September 25, 2009
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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"Already?" the woman behind me said plaintively when the words "Sophomore Year" flashed up on the screen. That's the joy of this Fame. Like the old ones, it convinces you that high school, if not life, should go on forever.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 25, 2009
Greg Quill
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 25, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The picture is fitfully effective, but the story disappears in the editing bay. The movie has about as much heft as watching jesters and fire eaters at a village fair.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

September 25, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Fame offers slick entertainment with some exuberance, but it's devoid of soul or heart.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

September 25, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Pleasant, undemanding entertainment for drama-club kids and the people who love them -- a family-friendly salute to young performing artists.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 25, 2009
Linda Winer
Newsday
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A big, bland and bogus clone of a movie update, which runs a half-hour less than the original and only feels like forever.

Full Review Source: Newsday

September 25, 2009
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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[Its] hyperreal documentary quality is combined with a borderline fantasy feeling, which will probably drive some literal-minded viewers up the wall, but which is actually the movie's best element and its one claim to distinction.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 25, 2009
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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NYC high school students sing, dance, emote in acting classes, and otherwise insist that America's got talent, but this unnecessarily tepid, conservative remake of 1980's far more famous and affecting original Fame suggests otherwise.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

September 25, 2009
Andy Webster
New York Times
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Suffers from a surfeit of flash, it nonetheless offers the undeniable power of young performers pursuing art at peak dexterity.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

September 25, 2009
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: D

September 25, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 1/4

September 25, 2009
Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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Brim[s] with enough confidence and promise to carry you through the predictable narrative.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

September 24, 2009
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
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Rated PG, it's almost laughably bland and watered-down in its desire to appeal to the widest possible audience.

September 24, 2009
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Much of Fame draws us in, through the irresistible appeal of young people bursting with energy.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 24, 2009
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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A film that's largely a raw, uplifting love letter to creativity in every possible form.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

September 24, 2009
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A cheesy production with underdeveloped characters that feels more like a TV pilot than a self-contained motion picture.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

September 24, 2009
Brian Lowry
Variety
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A watered-down tone ... causes the movie to drift dramatically between its musical and dance sequences.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 24, 2009
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Mullally has the most poignant moment, admitting to her students that the reason she teaches is because fame, for her, just wasn't in the cards. (Stardom, more than in the first film, is golden here.)

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

September 24, 2009
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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As a demo reel showcasing seven promising young talents from their freshman through senior years, it's pleasant enough. As a movie dramatizing the talent and dedication required to make it, the Fame reboot has fleet feet but lacks heart.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

September 24, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Lives are spared in this sugarless new version of Alan Parker's movie and the TV show it spawned. But innocent songs and unsuspecting dance routines are hacked to bits.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

September 24, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

September 24, 2009
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Forget about living forever: This new Fame will be lucky to hang around for a month.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

September 24, 2009
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Familiar? Yes, but not nearly as vapid as most of the musical material out there that encourages teens to believe fame is all that matters.

September 24, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

September 24, 2009
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