Burlesque (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Burlesque (2010)



Critic Consensus: Campy and clichéd, Burlesque wastes its talented cast (including a better-than-expected Christina Aguilera) on a movie that wavers uncertainly between "bad" and "so bad it's good."

Movie Info

Christina Aguilera makes her dramatic feature debut as Ali, a small-town singer who takes her shot at stardom performing at a neo-burlesque nightclub in Los Angeles. Situated in a regal old theater that's still dazzling despite having fallen into disrepair, The Burlesque Lounge is the kind of club where legends are born. When club owner Tess (Cher) hires charismatic Ali as a cocktail waitress, the ambitious big-city newcomer goes to great lengths to make a good impression. Taken under the wing of a friendly featured dancer (Julianne Hough), Ali quickly realizes that not everyone is quite as nice when she forms a friendship with bartender/aspiring musician Jack (Cam Gigandet) and incurs the wrath of the club's cattiest showgirl (Kristen Bell). After making her leap to the stage with a little help from a sympathetic stage manager (Stanley Tucci) and the club's playfully androgynous host (Alan Cumming), Ali becomes the star attraction at The Burlesque Lounge, and the crowds start packing in. Later, a wealthy businessman (Eric Dane) makes a bid for the club while trying to charm the talented young performer straight into his arms. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 1, 2011
Box Office: $39.4M
Sony Pictures/Screen Gems - Official Site


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Eric Dane
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Critic Reviews for Burlesque

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (38)

Even the dances feel cozily dated, as choreographers Denise Faye and Joey Pizzi borrow liberally from Bob Fosse.

Full Review… | January 4, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Burlesque manages what seemed impossible: It is filled with half-naked dancing girls, yet it's still boring.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Top Critic

Just terrible enough to make you wish it was even worse.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

It's totally ridiculous, utterly unbelievable and deliciously naughty as much as a PG-13 movie can be.

Full Review… | October 14, 2013
7M Pictures

What Antin should take away from this experience is that it takes a lot more than a clichéd-filled story, some dancing, forgettable music, and a bland script to make an interesting and engaging musical.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012

...wears out its welcome to an almost astonishing degree...

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Burlesque


I don't know what is worse, the insufferable songs or how this trashy modern musical fairy-tale is so predictable, boring and full of clichés from the first scene till the last. There is nothing original or remotely interesting in it and it isn't even bad enough to make us laugh.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Not really to my tastes, didn't quite realise it would be a musical (believe it or not!). I realised Christina would sing, but not quite so much!
It was okay, if you like musicals. Christina Aguilera is very pretty to look at and has great voice, but it gets a bit much. Story is slight. Waitress gets dream job in Burlesque bar and gets guy.. seen it all before and done better in Coyote Ugly (not Burlesque, I realise, but a similar type of story).
Cher pretty just wanted her to shut up. Could that woman look any more plastic? (sorry, really not a fan!). Kristen Bell not really in it enough .
Not that bad. Average. If you like musicals, will probably enjoy it, but I was disappointed.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

28/07/2011 (DVD)

CAN'T BELIEVE I LIKED IT!!? Yes I thought I was going to loathe it because it looks so chickity flickity but I sat through it quite enjoying it. It didn't quite suck as I expected it to.

No bars raised in the plot department but what it had was done nicely and for me was not a bore. A "from rags to riches" story that is no biggie really since we've seen it so many times but otherwise still a sittable flick.

Music was good for me although its not my thing but it fitted the whole movie thing so it was appreciable to accept in my case. Another flick to kick back to on an ordinary day.

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

Burlesque Quotes

Ali: Where I come from friends don't chew on each others earlobes!
Marcus: Aren't you glad you left?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (23 months ago)
Ali: Jack, why did you leave Kentucky?
Jack: Well, why did you leave Iowa?
Ali: Because I looked around and realized that there wasn't one person whose life I wanted.
Jack: Exactly.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (23 months ago)
Ali: Hey! I'm talking to you!
– Submitted by Alyssa B (23 months ago)
Tess: You didn't tell me that you could sing like that!
– Submitted by Alyssa B (23 months ago)

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