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Dreamgirls Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 9, 2007
...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 | Original Score: 83/100
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 25, 2006
"Dreamgirls" is a nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
A musical for people who've forgotten how to listen, and how to feel
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 1, 2006
A musical with energy and talent to burn but missing its heart.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 14, 2006
Lacks the one quality that Marshall's sub-par Best Picture winner Chicago had going for it - an invigorating, irresistible, knockout score.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
December 14, 2006
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 | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 14, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Ward
December 29, 2006
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.
Eric Melin
December 25, 2006
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
January 25, 2007
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.
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
December 22, 2006
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
Erik Childress
December 14, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 24, 2006
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 18, 2007
Aside from Jennifer Hudson's beefy performance, this black r&b musical never conveys much soul.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 16, 2007
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
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
May 19, 2007
Worse than a movie of the weak (pun intended)
Full Review | Original Score: 36/100
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 14, 2006
[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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 14, 2006
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
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 22, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 29, 2006
Any director hoping to capture racism, catfights, and urban decay with music this square, and filmmaking this haphazard, is a fool.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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December 30, 2006
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Irish Times
February 2, 2007

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