Idlewild (2006)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Idlewild has some truly breathtaking moments, but borrows too heavily from other similar movies, and the disjointed script is not worthy of talents involved.


Movie Info

OutKast duo André "Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan Andre "Big Boi" Patton star as two Prohibition-era performers determined to fend off the vicious gangsters currently attempting to gain a stake in the pair's lucrative club in this musical drama directed by longtime collaborator Bryan Barber and featuring choreography by three-time Tony award winner Hinton Battle. In the 1930s, Idlewild was the hottest speakeasy in the South thanks to the impressive showmanship of flamboyant manager/lead … More

Rating: R (for violence, sexuality, nudity and language)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bryan Barber
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 5, 2006
Box Office: $12.5M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Idlewild

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (42)

For a band whose music is suffused with such delicate irony, you'd expect at the very least for there to be a few laughs along the way? There are none. Nothing. Zero.

Full Review… | October 14, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

You don't have to have a stylistic device in every single shot.

Full Review… | August 28, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Benjamin and Patton have devised a basic Prohibition era gangster story as a background for their newest musical experiment melding modern hip-hop with the jazz and blues of the '30s, all put together with a great deal of visual cleverness and flair.

Full Review… | March 27, 2011
ComingSoon.net

Its hodgepodge plot only heightens its stale smell

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
CinePassion

Though not as good as I hoped it would be, it's still an above par musical effort in the end...

Full Review… | July 11, 2007
Cinema Crazed

1930s black America becomes just a stage for OutKast's vanity project.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007

Audience Reviews for Idlewild

½

See it. Chances are, you'll fall in love with Idlewild in spite of how many times you've seen this plot before. But that might be the Georgia boy in me talking...

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Jason Robinson

Super Reviewer

½

This movie is beautiful. It's everything Chicago should have been: the music, the characters, the set design, the costumes, the script, the strange balance between tragedy, comedy and romance. This movie is really something special. Beautifully shot and the story is very well-crafted and tight. I love the surreality of the animation and the visual effects. Where was this during the Oscars?

MidnightMadwoman
Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

½

This movie was okay. I think it couldn't make up it's mind about whether to be serious or funny. I mean who sings with Cuckoo clocks? And the talking rooster on the flask? Weird. But I loved the little animated people on the sheets of music.

purplemegan
Megan S

Super Reviewer

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