Idlewild Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 27, 2011
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
Its hodgepodge plot only heightens its stale smell
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 11, 2007
Though not as good as I hoped it would be, it's still an above par musical effort in the end...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 15, 2007
1930s black America becomes just a stage for OutKast's vanity project.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Neither fish nor fowl. Nor foul, either, though not great--and ultimately, more idle than wild.
Kam Williams
BlackFilm.com
February 8, 2007
In spite of several inspired moments where it exhibits some genuine promise, this desperate attempt to be all things to all people ends up sabotaging any potential to make a memorable contribution to the annals of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006
The music, which sounds like a collaboration between Cab Calloway and Run DMC, keeps the story flowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Pfeiffer
NightsAndWeekends.com
December 4, 2006
Idlewild overflows with inventiveness and random weirdness that sort of make it a must-see even if it isn't a particularly good film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
October 14, 2006
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.
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
October 6, 2006
Fans happy to luxuriate in its artistic indulgence, however, will be swept up in the weird, random, fantastic OutKastness of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Leyland
BBC.com
September 29, 2006
You have to hand it to those OutKast fellas -- even when they make a mess, they do it with style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
September 22, 2006
an eccentric, audacious musical that, like "Moulin Rouge," blends backstage drama, tragic romance and flights of fantasy into a story that bravely jumps from genre to genre and from era to era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
September 17, 2006
An imaginatively rendered and ultimately touching expression of the collision of creativity and responsibility, and the former bursting through the constraints of a small town outlook of diminished expectation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 5, 2006
You'll probably come to Idlewild for the musical excitement, but you may just find yourself leaving with a surprisingly bittersweet lump in your throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 4, 2006
Structurally all over the place but its infectious rhythms more than make up for narrative deficiencies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
September 3, 2006
Coming from a band as creative as OutKast, this film is a big letdown, because it lacks any creativity of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
September 2, 2006
The only real problem is the inconsistency of performances from the individually outstanding cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 1, 2006
Never idle, and always wild, "Idlewild" truly is an adults-only musical about gangsters.
| Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
August 31, 2006
...the film's audacity and peculiarity might mean Idlewild has trouble finding a mainstream audience, one it only marginally earns anyway.
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
August 31, 2006
At a certain point, the baldly borrowed story elements go from cute to plain lazy, and you notice that Benjamin's and Patton's characters -- introduced as friends from childhood -- share almost no scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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