Dreamgirls Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 6, 2010
Condon's adaptation is polished and enjoyable and yet something is missing from making it a truly great musical movie--perhaps a more coherent vision or unity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
It compares to that other "legitimate" musical smash of recent vintage, Chicago. It just doesn't have the life or fun of Chicago.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A tight and entertaining musical with a show stealing performance by Jennifer Hudson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International
July 22, 2007
Dreamgirls opened on Xmas day and it was every much of a brilliant holiday movie. I guess the only complaint I have is it is too slick.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
There's a joy on screen -- a love for the material that's palpable and contagious -- but the material, in the end, lets them down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 24, 2007
You may not be expecting this from a musical, but Dreamgirls is one of the most fast-paced, frenetically-edited, roller-coaster rides of a movie that you'll see all year.
Emily S. Mendel
culturevulture.net
March 12, 2007
Dreamgirls is a splashy film with a great cast, strong performances, terrific music and an engrossing, though...familiar, story.
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
March 7, 2007
There's no faint-praise here. It's the best film of the year.
| Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 19, 2007
Newcomer Jennifer Hudson owns the movie with her magnetic presence and go-tell-it-on-the-mountain voice.* ** ** *
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
February 19, 2007
Jennifer Hudson makes her acting debut in Bill Condon's Dreamgirls, and it's safe to say the phrase "star-making turn" was invented for performances like hers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
February 15, 2007
I could have happily sat through the first half a second time, though I was barely able to sit through the second half once.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 10, 2007
To say that Dreamgirls is the best musical so far this century is to make no great claim for it. To say that it's the best film about the music business since 1996's Grace of My Heart and fit to be spoken of in the same breath says more.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
February 7, 2007
A stellar cast, stunning sets and costumes and engaging music make this a modern musical for a new generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Christopher
Times [UK]
February 5, 2007
Few pictures can match the glamorous pull of Dreamgirls. Bill Condon's first big musical since Chicago is a glossy, gleaming Cadillac of a film with a vintage rhythm and blues engine tuned to perfection. The cast is dressed to kill.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
The opening rump-shaking immediately sets the tone: Dreamgirls pulses with sheer exuberance. When was the last time a musical, much less a huge Hollywood production, felt this alive?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Stuart McGurk
thelondonpaper
February 2, 2007
Eddie Murphy is worth the price of admission alone. He isn't so much a masculine stage presence as a walking erection with a quiff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 1, 2007
Entertaining, impressively directed musical drama with a show-stopping, Oscar-nominated performance by Jennifer Hudson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2007
Any movie that inspires an audience to clap during and after with such incredible performances is definitely worth your money.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
January 30, 2007
An old-school crowd-pleaser in the best Hollywood tradition, Dreamgirls is only let down by its piecemeal structure and nominal leading lady.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

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December 30, 2006
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