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Idlewild Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

At once magical and a mess, this musical marks a bold first foray into cinema for hip-hop duo OutKast.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 25, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A misguided period-piece musical about gangsters, illegal 'hooch,' 'floozies' and music that is almost entirely unlike jazz.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

August 25, 2006
James Berardinelli
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There's nothing compelling about the characters or story, and that maroons Idlewild within the category of disposable entertainment.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 2006
Pete Hammond

Sharp costuming and set design can't disguise this two-hour music video from OutKast.

| Original Score: 2/5

August 25, 2006
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 25, 2006
Fernando F. Croce

Its hodgepodge plot only heightens its stale smell

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 25, 2006
Edward Douglas

A disjointed period crime drama that may try the patience of even [Outkast's] most diehard fans.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/10

August 22, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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You don't have to have a stylistic device in every single shot.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 28, 2006
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

A middling musical mishmash that can't keep a beat.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 18, 2006
Eric D. Snider

You wouldn't think a musical would suffer from a lack of music, but here we are.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

August 24, 2006
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online

This may be one of those cases in which the soundtrack is better than the movie.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C+

August 25, 2006
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The joint doesn't jump in the OutKast musical Idlewild; it just twitches and stumbles.

| Original Score: 2/5

August 24, 2006
Brian Orndorf

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

August 25, 2006
Brian Marder

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

November 20, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A series of pretty-good pop videos wrapped around a confusing tale of Chitlin' Circuit striving and conniving.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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By jumbling genres, fashions, music and locales, and riddling bullets through much of it, Idlewild ends up feeling disjointed and disquieting.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 25, 2006
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 14, 2007
David Jenkins
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out

October 14, 2006
Matt Pais

Sorry, Ms. Jackson. The Outkast movie stanks.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 24, 2006
Bob Mondello
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October 18, 2008
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
October 13, 2006
Peter Bradshaw
October 14, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 26, 2006

Baltimore Sun
August 26, 2006

Irish Times

January 5, 2007
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