Idlewild (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Idlewild (2006)



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 performer Rooster (Patton) and the notable talents of introverted pianist Percival (Benjamin). Everything changes, however, when a powerful gangster and his ruthless henchmen move in on the scene with every intention of landing a healthy portion of the club's considerable profits. Ving Rhames, Terrence Howard, Faizon Love, Patti LaBelle, Macy Gray, Ben Vereen, and Cicely Tyson co-star.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
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Paula Patton
as Angel Davenport
Cicely Tyson
as Mother Hopkins
Macy Gray
as Taffy
Ben Vereen
as Percy Sr.
Patti LaBelle
as Angel Davenport
Bobb'e J. Thompson
as Young Rooster
Carol Mitchell-Leon
as Auntie Belle
China Anderson
as Rooster's Daughter N...
Isis Faust
as Rooster's Daughter N...
Kyra Freeman
as Rooster's Daughter N...
Kabrina Truesdale
as Rooster's Daughter
Bryan Barber
as Photographer
Farnsworth Bentley
as Voice of the Flask
Cali Casino
as Stagehand
Kevin Rowe
as Stagehand
Lillian Jones
as Stiffed Whore
Lakesha Lee
as Wailing Mourner
Liwaza Green
as Fine Woman
Karen Dyer
as Eva the Fire Diva
Bre'wan Waddell
as Percival (boy)
Debra Killings
as Singing Voice of Ang...
Quinn Bass
as Swop Dancer
Torya Beard
as Swop Dancer
Jennifer Edmonds
as Swop Dancer
Ryan Francois
as Swop Dancer
Terrance Harrison
as Swop Dancer
Micah James
as Swop Dancer
Erika T. Johnson
as Swop Dancer
Janice Lorraine
as Swop Dancer
Chanel Malvar
as Swop Dancer
Marielys Molina
as Swop Dancer
Adesola Osakalumi
as Swop Dancer
Henry Platt
as Swop Dancer
Danielle Polanco
as Swop Dancer
Carlos Sierra
as Swop Dancer
Ivan "Flipz" Velez
as Swop Dancer
Nadine Ellis
as Church Dancer
Elton Laron
as Church Dancer
Tracie Burton
as Church Dancer
Ayesha Orange
as Church Dancer
Josette Wiggan
as Church Dancer
Jason Samuels Smith
as Church Dancer
Victoria Parsons
as Church Dancer
Dannon Bryant
as Church Dancer
Patrick 'Sleepy' Bro...
as Syncopated Church Or...
John Norwood Fisher
as Syncopated Church Or...
Kevin Kendrick
as Syncopated Church Or...
John Dexter Steward ...
as Syncopated Church Or...
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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

Its hodgepodge plot only heightens its stale smell

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

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
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Audience Reviews for Idlewild


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...

Jason Robinson

Super Reviewer


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?

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer


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.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

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