• R, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Lee Daniels
    In Theaters:
    Nov 6, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 9, 2010
  • Lionsgate Films

Critic Review - Detroit News

If you do watch -- and you certainly should -- you will see one of the most remarkable performances ever set to film, given by Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe.

November 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
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Andy Stout

andy stout

Watching this movie is one thing, listening to it is quite another.

This "Gabby" actor conspicuously lacks the gift of gab, if articulation is considered an integral ingredient.

Here is a sample of Gabby talking: "Fwa haghf neh whih thep cohh nah."

These words would at least qualify as her subtitles if the movie would be so kind as to provide them.

Her performance can only be described as "unspeakable", since not a single word is (intelligibly) spoken.

Mumbling is a noticeable trend in modern movies; actors either don't or can't articulate their lines. The first movie that I can recall of this ilk was Raging Bull. But now such "mumble movies", as I call them, are commonplace. (No, my hearing is fine.)

Ultimately, it is the Director's fault, but blame aside, I can only hope that actors would strive to hone their skills and kindly let us in on their little secret - that being, what are they saying?

Apr 3 - 06:10 PM

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