At once magical and a mess, this musical marks a bold first foray into cinema for hip-hop duo OutKast.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A misguided period-piece musical about gangsters, illegal 'hooch,' 'floozies' and music that is almost entirely unlike jazz.
| Original Score: 2/5
There's nothing compelling about the characters or story, and that maroons Idlewild within the category of disposable entertainment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sharp costuming and set design can't disguise this two-hour music video from OutKast.
| Original Score: 2/5
A thin sprinkling of exuberance and a couple of choice cameos, that's about all this underwritten and overly choreographed spectacle has to tease us with.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Its hodgepodge plot only heightens its stale smell
OutKast's much-ballyhooed Prohibition-era musical is a dense, confusing jumble of old-school and new-school, gangster and gangsta, that never pauses long enough to tell a cogent story.
A disjointed period crime drama that may try the patience of even [Outkast's] most diehard fans.
| Original Score: 5/10
You don't have to have a stylistic device in every single shot.
A middling musical mishmash that can't keep a beat.
You wouldn't think a musical would suffer from a lack of music, but here we are.
| Original Score: C
This may be one of those cases in which the soundtrack is better than the movie.
| Original Score: C+
The joint doesn't jump in the OutKast musical Idlewild; it just twitches and stumbles.
After a recent viewing, I can see why the studio showed little interest in releasing it: this film is one screeching, mystifying, overdirected, hot mess.
| Original Score: D+
A series of pretty-good pop videos wrapped around a confusing tale of Chitlin' Circuit striving and conniving.
| Original Score: 2/4
By jumbling genres, fashions, music and locales, and riddling bullets through much of it, Idlewild ends up feeling disjointed and disquieting.
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.
Sorry, Ms. Jackson. The Outkast movie stanks.