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Burlesque Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

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 Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 22, 2012
Abigail Bamsey
Sky Movies

For a film with so much camp promise and the world crying out for a successor to the so-bad-it's-good cult Showgirls, this cliché packed film is disappointingly mediocre.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

December 15, 2010
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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Has the glitz and allure of a Victoria's Secret ad. What it doesn't have is an imaginative reinvention of the show-biz clichés that have so adamantly inspired it.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

December 6, 2010
Clem Bastow
The Vine

Burlesque offers such an archetypal Hollywood narrative that explaining what happens in the film is almost irrelevant.

Full Review Source: The Vine | Original Score: 2/5

January 10, 2011
Alexandra Cavallo
Boston Phoenix

It's no great surprise that Christina Aguilera can sing. But I'm sorry to report that her breakout movie is similarly revelation free.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 1, 2010
Melissa Wellham
Trespass

Burlesque is awful. The script is horrendous. The acting is dismal. The musical numbers are glitzy and glittery, but even all the half-naked women on stage can't make this film particularly thrilling.

Full Review Source: Trespass

January 10, 2011
Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au

Burlesque is unlikely to convert any new followers to either its stars or its subject matter.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 13, 2011
Dominic Corry
Flicks.co.nz

The alarmingly plastic surgery-ified Cher, with her face looking like a condom stretched over a beach umbrella, gives a performance here as the club owner that's not so much 'still' as 'immobile'.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 2/5

March 17, 2011
Eric Henderson
WCCO.com

Is it too much to ask for one wig to get snatched?

Full Review Source: WCCO.com

November 24, 2010
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com

The movie features some terribly underdeveloped characters, [but] the showy musical numbers and a great debut from Christina Aguilera make it a lot more enjoyable than you might believe.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 23, 2010
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

It's camp alright: prison camp.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: F

November 30, 2010

But Antin is no Bob Fosse. He's not even Debbie Allen, particularly since the choreographed numbers are edited so choppily that you never get to see a full 5-6-7-8 without a cutaway.

Full Review Source: HitFix

November 23, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The choicest dialogue in Burlesque provokes the sort of laughter that other, intentionally funny films only dream of generating.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 23, 2010
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

You know how movie stars lie and say they never see their own films? The hilariously bad Burlesque would be a great opportunity to actually follow through on that.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: D

November 26, 2010
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine

There's a chance you'll like the film. Perhaps if you're Christina Aguilera's mom or the spirit of Sonny Bono reincarnated as a person who can tolerate awful movies.

Full Review Source: OK! Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

November 21, 2010
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

Rarely have so many straight-faces been employed in the service of so many risible lines and hackneyed plot-developments as in Burlesque.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

December 21, 2010
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex

[Steve] Antin hasn't really written Burlesque, he has merely spooned the story out of a can labelled 'Instant Musical: Just add eyeliner.'

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 28, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Elevator music

Full Review Source: CinePassion

December 23, 2010
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online

We've seen these kinds of clubs before, usually with guys dressed up as Madonna, Barbra, Cher -- wait, there's the guy doing Cher now. In a sailor hat and tights. Oh dear God ... it actually IS Cher.

Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online | Original Score: 3/10

November 24, 2010
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects

A brain dead construct that trades in absurd clichés and obvious stereotypes.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 24, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 9, 2012
Leah Rozen
TheWrap
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October 7, 2011
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