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

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Reviews

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
February 3, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago
April 3, 2012

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Rafer Guzman
Top Critic
April 4, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
April 4, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
April 4, 2011

The story's world is stacked against Precious, and the movie's marketing engine is stacked against Sidibe, but in some ways those structures explain why we're hearing about this young woman in the first place.

Full Review | Original Score: 6.8/10
Michelle Orange
April 4, 2011

While Mo'Nique's performance is the barnburner, it is Sidibe and her classmates who resonate, who inhabit a world outside of themselves and their wretched fiefdoms.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jason Zingale
April 4, 2011

While Precious certainly looks the part of the powerful award-worthy drama, it does very little to convince the audience that it actually is.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
April 4, 2011

It's probably one of the most important films of the year.

Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
April 4, 2011

A powerful, deeply moving film that drives an arrow straight through your heart.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Dave White
April 4, 2011

Gabourey Sidibe plays the title character and if she wasn't an actor before this, she sure is now.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 3, 2011

Mo'Nique isn't just a box-office draw here, she is a snarling, disaffected she-demon...

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
February 2, 2011

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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2010

Precious ... [achieves] moments of haunting, devastating power, yet too often [lapses] into laughably ridiculous melodrama ... Precious is no easy ride. As far as harrowing films go, it makes The Road seem like The Wiz.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cris Kennedy
July 4, 2010

This isn't The Biggest Loser, where self-esteem is measures in kilos, but this is in fact a film about a teacher nurturing a young woman's mind and soul, carrying the torch of films like To Sir With Love, Stand and Deliver, and Dangerous Minds.

| Original Score: 5/5
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
April 14, 2010

Sidibe fearlessly embodies a member of society that deserves recognition. Illiteracy, obesity and abuse are tragic and uncomfortable realities that Precious goes a long way to demystify.

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 2, 2010

Propelled forward by tremendous performances, Precious is a pedestrian exploration of social themes and mental, physical and sexual abuse.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 13, 2010

Most notable for the performances of newcomer and Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique,as her abusive mother. Set in 1980s Harlem, the film would be just another inspirational tearjerker were it not for the dedication of the performers and the visua

Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
March 7, 2010

The fetid insanity of it all seems appropriate given the circumstances.

Marc Fennell
Triple J
February 25, 2010

It's a simple story, told well with some blinding performances.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
February 18, 2010

Un drama duro, conmovedor, que rescata la importancia de la solidaridad y la asistencia social ante la desesperanza. Hay un increíble duelo actoral entre Mo'Nique y Gabourey Sidibe, dos de las mayores revelaciones actorales del año.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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