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Idlewild Reviews

Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008
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
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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 26, 2006
Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
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Shakespeare has been quoted many, many times over the past 400 or so years, but never to such empty purpose as in the inchoate, self-indulgent musical drama Idlewild

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

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
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
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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Comic, dramatic, highly conceptual and all great fun.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 25, 2006
Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
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Idlewild comes alive only during the production numbers, which look and feel more like music videos than music as storytelling.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2006
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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[The Outkast duo] are, as might be expected, terrific in the musical numbers and painfully self-conscious in the dramatic sequences.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

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
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The OutKast epic Idlewild is an amazingly misguided film, a muddled attempt to create an old school Hollywood musical showcasing the unique hip-hop duo.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 25, 2006
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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It's basically a series of music videos -- a few quite good -- strung together over two long hours and loosely connected by a weak story line loaded with anachronisms.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The first film from OutKast iconoclasts André Benjamin (André 3000) and Antwan A. Patton (Big Boi) has all the wit and creativity of their music videos. And here's the bad news: That makes it at least an hour too long.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2006
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Idlewild doesn't exactly hang together, but its parts are something to behold.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 25, 2006
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
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Idlewild is so eccentric it remains compellingly watchable.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 25, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Those who do not succumb to the movie's fantasy will dismiss it as an extended music video. That's not an unfair criticism, but it doesn't make the film any less enjoyable.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 25, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Idlewild left me wanting to see more from everyone involved.

| Original Score: B-

August 25, 2006
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Welcome to Church, the speakeasy in the often vivacious, sometimes silly, musical Idlewild.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 25, 2006
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Despite some visual sparkle and musical razzle-dazzle, Idlewild is a messy movie.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

August 25, 2006
Jim DeRogatis
Chicago Sun-Times
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In the end, the saddest thing about Idlewild is that all of the pieces were present for a very good film.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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A sludgy, badly photographed, poorly edited bungle whose musical numbers never pop.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2006
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Between the gangsters and the showgirls, the gorgeous costumes and the wowser production numbers, Idlewild has just about everything a popular entertainment can offer. It also has a soul, and that comes free with the price of a ticket.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 25, 2006
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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It's a vehicle for OutKast's music and personality in which the music and lead roles feel like afterthoughts.

Full Review Source: AV Club | 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
Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
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Idlewild is an engaging, original movie musical. It turns all sorts of pop cultural icons on their heads and delivers a smart commentary on race and class in 20th Century America.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 24, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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A movie so oblivious to convention and structure that it seems like a Jackson Pollock splatter-painting, without the crucial 'genius' part.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

August 24, 2006
Dana Stevens
Slate
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If, like me, you like OutKast just fine but staggered out of Moulin Rouge reeling from the quick-cut-induced nausea, you'll leave Idlewild tapping your toe and scratching your head at the same time.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 24, 2006
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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There are enough qualities in Idlewild to make you believe not only in [director] Barber's potential, but in a fruitful marriage of hip-hop sensibility with the movie musical genre.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

August 24, 2006
Ann Powers
Los Angeles Times
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In its best moments Idlewild connects with OutKast's weirdness. At its worst, the film trades in the very clichés about romance, redemption and music that listeners run to OutKast to avoid.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 24, 2006
Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
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For all its shortcomings, Idlewild also has something that few films can pull off: Moments of such pure cinematic fabulousness, breathtaking dance sequences and idiosyncratic flourishes that we are more than willing to forgive it for all its sins.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 24, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
Chris Riemenschneider
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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As unlikely as it seems that the music segments would be the weakest parts of Idlewild, however, it's just as surprising that the rest of the movie stands up pretty well.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 2006
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Director Bryan Barber (known for his music videos) and his cast display so much gusto that it's hard to keep up your resistance -- I wound up finding this more enjoyable than the Oscar-bestrewn Chicago.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 24, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Idlewild is what it is, though you may never be quite sure what that 'is' is. Still, it's a professional-looking picture, filled with talented, likable performers who give it their best.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

August 24, 2006
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
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The film only rarely harnesses the power of the anachronistic, funk-driven, beat-heavy rap music that swells its soundtrack.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 24, 2006
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Idlewild is a romp, a ticket to rowdy good times.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

August 23, 2006
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Idlewild has a sober, loving respect for history and the old South, and thereby grants itself a measure of distinction.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 22, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Odd but entertaining musical with a distinctly OutKast overcast.

August 21, 2006
John Anderson
Variety
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[Idlewild] achieves magic -- something sorely missing from so many movies these days -- and does so via a philosophy of respect, but not reverence, for what's come before it; it never recycles, it just reimagines.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 21, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Idlewild can't decide if it's about bullets, booze, broads or the sound of hip-hop that the film strenuously tries to marry to the 1930s.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 4, 2006
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