Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)



Critic Consensus: Precious is a grim yet ultimately triumphant film about abuse and inner-city life, largely bolstered by exceptional performances from its cast.

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Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels follows up his 2005 directorial debut, Shadowboxer, with this adaptation of author Sapphire's best-selling novel about an overweight, illiterate African-American teen from Harlem who discovers an alternate path in life after she begins attending a new school. Clareece "Precious" Jones is only a teenager, yet she's about to give birth to her second child. Unable to read or write, Clareece shows little prospect for the future until discovering that she has been … More

Rating: R (for child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Damien Paul, Lee Daniels, Geoffrey S. Fletcher
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 9, 2010
Box Office: $47.5M
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Critic Reviews for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

All Critics (220) | Top Critics (43)

The remarkable Sidibe is one of several daring casting choices by director Lee Daniels.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Top Critic

Precious is an emotional powerhouse, a triumph of bruising humor and bracing hope that deserves its place among the year's best films.

Full Review… | February 2, 2011
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It's amazing how the film turns out to be infinitely moving in spite of Mr. Daniels's stylistic self-destruct.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

Its flaws are more so of the executional than the conceptual kind, the whole more than the sum of its parts.

Full Review… | February 3, 2013
Projection Booth

The bottom line is that you've never seen anything quite like this -- in its highs, its lows, its gaffes, its embarrassments or its uplift.

Full Review… | April 3, 2012
Time Out Chicago

Sidibe's Susan Boyle moment of misdirected public pity notwithstanding, hers is a rare and welcome presence in American independent film.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire


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Deriving from some controversial source material, "Precious" is a very well made picture with performances that will blow your mind. It is definitely a film for people with strong stomaches and someone who can cope well with watching or hearing about rape. It revolves around the life of Clareece, an abused teenager who has never gone to school and is raped by her father to birth children into the family. Her transformation out of the family is really what the core of this movie is about, and it is shown with pure wonder, with some very cool stylistic techniques and questionable editing. This film feels a little too explicit at times, but I loved watching it, and it's very commendable. Definitely worth it's praise!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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'Precious' should probably be rated higher than 2 1/2 stars, but I found the movie so depressing. I prefer my entertainment less realistic than this I guess.

Red Lats

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