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Jeff Beck
September 24, 2012
Kevin Tancharoen's remake of "Fame" is a flat, lifeless experience that is missing the emotion required to get us involved with the characters and their situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 21, 2012
This film showed a darker side of high school life and the performing arts. Some scenes are hard to watch, but that's because they are so real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Starnes
March 22, 2011
The pageantry really is very nice, especially the dance numbers, but as soon as the music stops, so does Fame. It's not the worst remake ever made, it's not even really very bad, just stodgily, repressively mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 29, 2010
Fails to make a significant mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 28, 2010
absolutely shameless in its sadistic trotting-out of every single rabbit in the tiny teen-pageant top hat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Perri Nemiroff
August 12, 2010
I'm gonna live forever? Fat chance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Foster
August 9, 2010
Grab the soundtrack, which highlights the great voices amongst the cast, and enjoy the best bits of the film through your iPod.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
February 15, 2010
Fame! 2009 is destined to become famous for all the wrong reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Cornelius
January 13, 2010
It's as if the franchise was remade as a Pepsi commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 4, 2009
The fragmented narrative of high school kids pursuing their dreams (job security) has just barely more feel and understanding of what it's like to be young than 17 Again .
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Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
October 31, 2009
Remember the theme song? "I feel it coming together/People will see me and cry . . . Fame/I'm gonna live forever/Baby, remember my name." Sadly, none of that applies to this hollow, impersonal movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Elias Savada
Film Threat
October 22, 2009
Everything is predictable, which is to the detriment of the mostly fine, young talent that appears in this ineffective retread.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 15, 2009
This remake of Alan Parker's 1980 musical follows a rainbow coalition of sketchily characterised teenagers.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 11, 2009
Its lack of melodrama and shock value make it all the more refreshing. Consider this film a grittier, inner city cousin of HSM and that's no back handed compliment
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 9, 2009
A little too scrubbed and sanitized, with the sharper realities of showbiz sanded down to a PG level.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Silver
The Trend
October 4, 2009
a totally unoriginal and unnecessary remake that runs far, far away from anything edgy, controversial or interesting.
| Original Score: 1/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 2, 2009
Thing is, to live forever would mean the eventual re-remake of Fame. And that won't do.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 2, 2009
The high school is so sanitized that there are no drugs, cutthroat competition, or-inconceivably for a theatrical milieu-no gay students.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 2, 2009
... no worse than the original, but that's plenty bad enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
October 2, 2009
The script doesn't earn the C average students must maintain for continued enrollment in their performing arts school.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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