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Honey (2003)

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20

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 114
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 91

An attractive Jessica Alba and energetic dance numbers provide some lift to this corny and formulaic movie.

18

Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 28

An attractive Jessica Alba and energetic dance numbers provide some lift to this corny and formulaic movie.

audience

71

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 465,556

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Movie Info

Dark Angel-lead Jessica Alba stars in the title role of this film, the feature debut from music-video director Bille Woodruff. Honey is a girl from the streets who works in a record store, teaches the occasional dance class at a community center, and treks downtown every weekend to hit the clubs and try out some new moves. There, she meets a music video producer (David Moscow) who offers her a chance to be a choreographer -- but at a price she eventually learns she's unwilling to pay. Determined

PG-13,

Musical & Performing Arts, Drama

Mar 23, 2004

$30.2M

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All Critics (115) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (91) | DVD (19)

This is fairy tale stuff, its saintly hip-hop heroine far too worthy for comfort and its dialogue hilariously banal.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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So riddled with limp clichés that it doesn't even qualify as a guilty pleasure.

December 10, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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The girl's gotta dance -- and meets little resistance -- in this hip-hop take on an age-old theme.

December 9, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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The star-is-born trajectory nourishes some howlers ... as well as a thumpingly unsubtle portrayal of the creative process.

December 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It's so predictable.

December 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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There's an entertainingly ludicrous movie lurking somewhere inside of the ludicrous, mediocre one this actually is.

December 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Honey is just dumb but teens love it.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Oooh boy, whoever greenlit this baby is going to have some explaining to do.

April 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Alba's quite easy on the eye, and admittedly, a bit of a star in the making.

June 5, 2004
Moviehole

What does Honey do in the face of dilemma? Come see this touching film to find out.

May 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Some dazzling acrobatic dance moves, but the story is pretty lame. The DVD, however, with quality extras, rates a B.

May 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A preposterously transparent attempt to market hip-hop in as anodyne a way as possible, but -- for its target audience of pre-teenage girls -- it works.

March 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

No work of genius, but unexpectedly endearing.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

Not nearly as good as Britney Spears' cheese-fest Crossroads...

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Occasionally preachy and always predictable, it's nevertheless executed with efficiency and a little charm.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC

Honey has an earnestness that's hard to ignore, but easy to dislike.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com
FilmJerk.com

The only highlight is Missy Elliott doing a cameo, as herself.

February 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Modamag.com
Modamag.com

The plot is pure fluff, with a script structured in such a way that you never doubt anything for a second (and you never believe anything either).

January 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The story is a bit cliché, but it bristles with energy and positivism.

January 6, 2004
Latino Review

Sparkling but slight glimpse into the lives of the lusty female dancers of the music video world.

December 31, 2003
Long Island Press

With enough plots for half a dozen movies, Honey is less a story than a commercial for the soundtrack CD.

December 31, 2003 Full Review | Comment (1)

Flawless beauty aside, Miss Alba never seems like the Everywoman she needs to be in order for Honey to click.

December 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Sweet and syrupy, "Honey" is a movie you've probably seen before.

December 21, 2003 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

If -- like the filmmakers and star Jessica Alba -- you're over 14 years old, it seems impossible that you could get through Honey with a straight face.

December 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Overreaches its niche as a glammed-up music video and can't survive with everything but the kitchen sink crammed in.

December 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Audience Reviews for Honey

Passable.
February 21, 2014
Raajay

Super Reviewer

Not bad for a dance film fitting in around the hip-hop scene. It has a good cast, some good dance scenes but not with any real wow factor. Unfortunately it becomes all a bit predictable and it's not as dramatic as I think they hoped for. It's no Save the last dance, but still not bad for a dance flick.
March 5, 2012
Deano78

Super Reviewer

Such an inspirational film. The soundtrack was amazing and the ending of the film couldn't help but make you smile. Full of positivity and really motivates you. It wasn't a bad film for Jessica Alba to start with at all.
June 23, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

"We just peoples."

Can you believe that I once actually went to the movies to see this? Sure, I was like 16 at the time. And I was on a date. But that's still kind of embarrassing.

You usually couldn't get me to touch one of these movies with a ten foot pole. The whole "dancing" genre just does not appeal to me in the least. But there's exceptions to every rule, and Jessica Alba is an exception to every rule. So against my better judgment, I gave Honey a try.

Every imaginable clich�© from this kind of movie is conveniently collected here in one neat package. The impossibly sweet and sunny heroine with a heart of gold, who achieves her dreams of dancing, but must deal with the sinister pitfalls that come along with success. The stern, disapproving parent, who is totally convinced that their child is throwing away her talent. The rift that grows between the main character and her friend, as her career takes off. The perfectly diverse, multicultural cast. The whitewashed, sanitized view of "urban culture", where the only bad guys are the drug dealers (whom the precious children are saved from in the end, of course). And the horribly unnatural "slang", that no real person on earth actually speaks like. Some of the meager entertainment that Honey has to offer, comes from how forced and hilariously awkward the dialogue is.

Your tolerance for all that could possibly be much higher than mine. I'm the guy who automatically turns up his nose at any dross like this, churned out just to appeal to young urban (a.k.a. black) people. Surprise, some of us are immune to this kind of derivative, pandering nonsense.

What I am thoroughly UN-immune to, though, is attractive young actresses. The star of this movie, in particular. So maybe I'd better climb back down off my oh-so-high horse. Getting to see Jessica Alba half-dressed and dancing around suggestively - holds some appeal for me. Not nearly enough to rescue this movie, but enough to make me not rip it out of my DVD player and throw it in the garbage. What can I say? I'm male.
June 20, 2010
lewiskendell

Super Reviewer

    1. Gina: Hmm. Sounds like somebody's tryin' to dip their fingers in the honey jar to me.
    2. Honey Daniels: Gina, he's my boss.
    3. Gina: You say that like you've never heard of Monica Lewinsky.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (55 days ago)
    1. Michael Ellis: Bitch, how are you gonna play me like that? Oh. Oh, I see. I see. You're one of those.
    2. Honey Daniels: I'm not one of anything. I'm just not up for this.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (55 days ago)
    1. Honey Daniels: I want you to fire 'em. I want you tell them why you're not usin' them.
    2. Michael Ellis: What makes you think I care what you want?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (55 days ago)
    1. Benny: Look, yo. There's people that good things happen to. And there's people that good things don't happen to. That's just the way it goes.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (55 days ago)
    1. Honey Daniels: It was everything. I always wanted. But when I had got it, it felt like nothin', less than nothin'.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (55 days ago)
    1. Gina: Honey, you got skills. And that's gonna take you places.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (55 days ago)
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