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Hairspray Reviews

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Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Travolta as bosomy mom Edna in perky fat suit, with flab-infatuated spouse Walken never far behind, pretty much steals the show from everybody else as he impressively shakes his bountiful booty across the dance floor.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

November 26, 2007
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review

On almost every level, Hairspray surpasses expectations and is probably one of the best studio musicals to come out in years.

Full Review Source: DVD Review

November 19, 2007
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...how can you not like a movie in which John Travolta and Christopher Walken sing a love song to each other? And you believe it!

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

November 7, 2007
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Infectiously fun musical with a message.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

October 31, 2007
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The main point of a movie musical is the song and dance, and that's where the relentlessly happy "Hairspray" packs a knockout punch.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: A-

October 22, 2007
Roger Tennis
Cinemaclips.com

Unlike many of the hairdos on display in the film, "Hairspray" is anything but stiff.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

September 13, 2007
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of those stage-to-film adaptations that leave very little doubt that as good as everything is in the film, it was consistently better on stage.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

September 12, 2007
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

I actually can't remember the last time a movie opening made me so cheerful.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/5

September 7, 2007
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Thinking big is exactly what this extravaganza of a musical does to perfection, as it brings the Broadway musical hit to the screen with aerosol cans filled with energy, joy and star power

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

September 6, 2007
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com

...[a] refreshingly jubilant spin on filmmaker Waters' classic tongue-in-cheek tune-maker Hairspray...spirited pizzazz and a peppy ode to retro-artistic sentimentality

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 31, 2007
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

The young and old cast division creates a colourful world of people and ideals. It's an abstraction of an era made resonant, contemporary, and purely joyful.

Full Review

August 29, 2007
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week

Unlike Eddie Murphy's exploitively unfunny attempts at fat and female, John Travolta makes his character absolutely endearing and charming by playing it relatively low-key.

Full Review Source: Peterborough This Week | Original Score: 4/5

August 29, 2007

Refrescante e inolvidable ejemplo de lo que debe ser un musical. Shankman revive el espíritu de los musicales de antaño, con una cinta llena de color, energía y corazón.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 17, 2007

Hairspray is a frothy musical about the deep topics of hate due to race, weight, or background, and of course following your dream and your heart. It couldn't be more positive if it had an extra proton, and it's hilarious and beautifully done. Please, s

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

August 16, 2007
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

When Blonsky dances, it's embarrassing.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 3/10

August 11, 2007
Michael Wade Simpson
culturevulture.net

This is born-again anti-establishmentarianism.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

August 4, 2007
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Zac Efron, the star of the popular Disney Channel production "High School Musical," is a triple threat on screen. As I sat in the theatre and listened to the audience and their reactions I couldn't help but think this guy could turn out to be this generat

Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review | Original Score: 4/4

August 2, 2007
Kyle Smith
KyleSmithOnline.com

Fellas, there are going to be a lot of little hotties at this movie. Here is an ideal place to catch them off-duty, their hair up in scrunchies. No, it won't turn you gay.

Full Review Source: KyleSmithOnline.com | Original Score: 4/4

July 31, 2007
Jim Judy
Screen It!

Near perfectly coiffed as a bit of fluffy summer escapism

Full Review Source: Screen It! | Original Score: 7/10

July 31, 2007
David D'Arcy
Screen International

As an adaptation of an adaptation, Hairspray beats the odds against turning a musical based on a film into a credible movie.

Full Review Source: Screen International

July 31, 2007
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