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Dreamgirls Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...less compelling than the actual history of the Supremes. Similarly, the music felt like faxed-over Motown, a couple of generations less crisp than the original.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 83/100

February 9, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

"Dreamgirls" is a nightmare.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 25, 2006
Fernando F. Croce

A musical for people who've forgotten how to listen, and how to feel

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 28, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A musical with energy and talent to burn but missing its heart.

December 1, 2006
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Lacks the one quality that Marshall's sub-par Best Picture winner Chicago had going for it - an invigorating, irresistible, knockout score.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

December 14, 2006
Brian Orndorf

The big screen version is a deafening muddle, pulled apart by booming vocal power, melodramatic performances, and zips through time faster than Doc Brown's De Lorean.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

December 14, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The movie would have us believe that Hudson's multi-syllabic caterwauling is "better" than Beyoncé's smooth pop, but in actuality, Beyoncé better knows how to sell a song.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 14, 2006
Mike Ward

When Dreamgirls is behind the mic, it's Oscar golden. But when it's powered by anything other than its pipes, say story-telling, it falls flat and hard.

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December 29, 2006
Eric Melin

It is big and showy and loud, but director Bill Condon's attempts to make the movie more socially relevant than the theatrical production instead just highlight what little soul was there in the first place.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/4

December 25, 2006
David Jenkins
Time Out
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It reserves singing and dancing for the stage until Jamie Foxx just randomly bursts into verse while strolling down the street. Dreamgirls wants to be Effie but ends up as Deena: thin, smooth, unburdened by a personality.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 25, 2007
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

It's a laugh-out-loud moment when a hot R&B song is forever entombed as Pat Boone-style fluff. But that same sort of sanitization and sterilization has been applied to this film. Scrubbed clean for a shiny glow, most of the soul is gone from the story.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

December 22, 2006
Erik Childress

A cliché-riddled storyline populated by unsympathetic characters and songs that repetitively bleed into one another to the point where we curse Motown for the R&B movement altogether.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

December 14, 2006
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The 1981 Broadway musical lumbers onto the screen saddled with clichés from every showbiz story ever made about the rags-to-riches saga along with songs that can't hold a candle to the Motown classics.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

December 24, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Aside from Jennifer Hudson's beefy performance, this black r&b musical never conveys much soul.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

January 18, 2007
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Os realizadores exibem exatamente o mesmo preconceito que fingem condenar em seu longa, valorizando mais a estética do que o talento. Hipocrisia, Dreamgirls é seu nome.

| Original Score: 3/5

February 16, 2007
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Worse than a movie of the weak (pun intended)

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 36/100

May 19, 2007
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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[Dreamgirls proves] again that transforming a hit Broadway musical into an equally spectacular movie is one of the most confounding tricks in show business.

| Original Score: 2/4

December 14, 2006
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Audiences who go to Dreamgirls will have a good time, but theyll be going for old times sake rather than to encounter anything vital or new.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

December 14, 2006
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Dreamgirls may come up short in terms of originality and killer songs, but it wears its big, drippy camp heart on its sleeve.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 22, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Any director hoping to capture racism, catfights, and urban decay with music this square, and filmmaking this haphazard, is a fool.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

December 29, 2006
Leonard Maltin
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December 30, 2006
Michael Dwyer
Irish Times

February 2, 2007

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