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Hairspray Reviews

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Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 4, 2013
If any movie musical could threaten the standing of retro favourite Grease, it's this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Hastings
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 4, 2013
Director-choreographer Adam Shankman has come up with one of the purest entertainments of the summer.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 8, 2012
It pays respect to the original while also carving its own image as a truly good musical.
Nick Levine
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Much as Hairspray serves as a showcase for the effervescent charms of newcomer Blonsky, its greatest trick is to revitalise the careers of a few old Hollywood faithfuls.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joshua Starnes
March 22, 2011
In alchemy the transmuting of materials between forms distills them to their purest elements. In film, the opposite is true. The more iterations, the more muddled things get. Hairspray is good at what it does but not everything it does is good.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Much of the fun comes from director-choreographer Adam Shankman's happy acceptance of musical staples
Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot
August 8, 2009
Shankman's crassly theatrical attenuation of Hairspray only draws gay culture away from a moment of American history with which it ought to have a great deal in common
July 23, 2009
It falls to individual efforts by the cast to keep the eye and ear coming back for more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
Hairspray is an energetic romp, but as a social statement -- which it pretends to be -- it's cartoonish. And as a playful look back at a time and place, it's simplistic shtik. It's a mountain of whipped cream, with an occasional chocolate sprinkle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Top Critic
Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
For a star-studded big-budget musical, Hairspray does a nice job of retaining the funky sweetness of the original.
Heather Huntington
August 23, 2008
I will confess that Travolta totally turned me around. A mountain of a woman in his female fat suit, he commits 150% to the role.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tim Basham
Paste Magazine
July 22, 2008
The most refreshing and enjoyable musical of this century%u2014Hairspray.
Matthew Sorrento
Bright Lights Film Journal
July 10, 2008
Even if the new Hairspray seems a welcome return to camp for Travolta, his mock seriousness is as frozen as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
The film works best for me when they are making fun of the racial climate of the 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
February 2, 2008
An amazing cast sings and dances across the screen with such flair and passion its completely infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 16, 2008
Caso tivesse 20 minutos e alguns números musicais a menos, Hairspray poderia ser uma surpresa tão divertida quanto o original (que tampouco é um clássico). Inchado como ficou, porém, é apenas um passatempo pouco memorável.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
December 11, 2007
Like your high school's production of "Grease": A musical about sex with a chastity belt strapped to its waist.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jordan Hiller
December 6, 2007
One's enjoyment of Adam Shankman's motion picture will largely depend on one's tolerance for conflict-less, feel good musicals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 6, 2007
Some magical balance between the cast members, the set design, the songs and director Adam Shankman makes it work.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 30, 2007
Though colorful, cheery and energetic, there's something missing from this song-and-dance routine.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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