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
ComingSoon.net
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
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
Much of the fun comes from director-choreographer Adam Shankman's happy acceptance of musical staples
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
Top Critic
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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
ReelzChannel.com
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.
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
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-
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
November 26, 2007
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.
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
November 19, 2007
On almost every level, Hairspray surpasses expectations and is probably one of the best studio musicals to come out in years.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 7, 2007
...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 | Original Score: 8/10
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
October 31, 2007
Infectiously fun musical with a message.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 22, 2007
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 | Original Score: A-
Roger Tennis
Cinemaclips.com
September 13, 2007
Unlike many of the hairdos on display in the film, "Hairspray" is anything but stiff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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