Burlesque Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Abigail Bamsey
Sky Movies
December 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
December 6, 2010
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.
Clem Bastow
The Vine
January 10, 2011
Burlesque offers such an archetypal Hollywood narrative that explaining what happens in the film is almost irrelevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alexandra Cavallo
Boston Phoenix
December 1, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Melissa Wellham
Trespass
January 10, 2011
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.
Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au
January 13, 2011
Burlesque is unlikely to convert any new followers to either its stars or its subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dominic Corry
Flicks.co.nz
March 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Eric Henderson
WCCO.com
November 24, 2010
Is it too much to ask for one wig to get snatched?
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
November 23, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 30, 2010
It's camp alright: prison camp.
Full Review | Original Score: F
November 23, 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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 23, 2010
The choicest dialogue in Burlesque provokes the sort of laughter that other, intentionally funny films only dream of generating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
November 26, 2010
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 | Original Score: D
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
November 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
December 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
December 28, 2010
[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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
December 23, 2010
Elevator music
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
November 24, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/10
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
November 24, 2010
A brain dead construct that trades in absurd clichés and obvious stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 9, 2012
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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
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