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Dreamgirls Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

January 6, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

May 13, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A tight and entertaining musical with a show stealing performance by Jennifer Hudson.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 3/5

April 29, 2009
Brian Marder

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

November 20, 2008
Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International

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 Source: Movie Magazine International | Original Score: A-

July 22, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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 Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 14, 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.

Full Review Source: UGO

March 24, 2007
Emily S. Mendel

Dreamgirls is a splashy film with a great cast, strong performances, terrific music and an engrossing, though...familiar, story.

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March 12, 2007
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy

There's no faint-praise here. It's the best film of the year.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

March 7, 2007
Cole Smithey

Newcomer Jennifer Hudson owns the movie with her magnetic presence and go-tell-it-on-the-mountain voice.* ** ** *

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

February 19, 2007
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

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 Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 19, 2007
Alan Dale

I could have happily sat through the first half a second time, though I was barely able to sit through the second half once.

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February 15, 2007
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

February 10, 2007
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A stellar cast, stunning sets and costumes and engaging music make this a modern musical for a new generation.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

February 7, 2007
James Christopher
Times [UK]

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 Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2007
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

February 3, 2007
Stuart McGurk

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 Source: thelondonpaper | Original Score: 3/5

February 2, 2007
Matthew Turner

Entertaining, impressively directed musical drama with a show-stopping, Oscar-nominated performance by Jennifer Hudson.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

February 1, 2007

Any movie that inspires an audience to clap during and after with such incredible performances is definitely worth your money.

Full Review Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 31, 2007
Neil Smith
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

January 30, 2007

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Michael Dwyer
Irish Times

February 2, 2007
Leonard Maltin
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December 30, 2006
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