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


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Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Reviews

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

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

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: B-

February 3, 2013
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

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 Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 4/5

April 3, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 4, 2011
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

April 4, 2011
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6.8/10

April 4, 2011
Michelle Orange

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 Source: Movieline | Original Score: 7/10

April 4, 2011
Jason Zingale

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 Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 4, 2011
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 9.5/10

April 4, 2011
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

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

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: A

April 4, 2011
Dave White

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

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 4, 2011
Mike Edwards
What Culture

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

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 5/5

February 3, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic IconTop 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 Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 2, 2011
Simon Miraudo

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 21, 2010
Cris Kennedy

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

July 4, 2010
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground

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.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground

April 14, 2010
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3/4

April 2, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 89/100

March 13, 2010
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

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

Full Review Source: Projection Booth

March 7, 2010
Marc Fennell
Triple J

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

Full Review Source: Triple J | Original Score: 4/5

February 25, 2010
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

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 Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

February 18, 2010
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