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Fame Reviews

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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
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+
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
September 30, 2009
What "Fame" lacks in originality, it makes up for in heart. And that tips the ledger in my book.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 30, 2009
There are enough hoary soap-operatic plottings for a thousand Gossip Girls (emotionally distant parents, almost-rapes, suicide attempts), yet Tancharoen individualizes each crisis so that no one character comes off as a mock-universal surrogate.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
September 28, 2009
It is a revealing reflection of its target audience: kids used to keeping up to date via tweets and Facebook status lines...the entire audience diagnosed with ADD.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
September 28, 2009
...an engaging remake that doesn't eclipse the original but neither does it turn it into a travesty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 27, 2009
To me, this updating of the original 'Fame' beautifully highlights the joys and heartbreaks that come with dedication to the performing arts.
Tony Macklin
September 27, 2009
Burnett's script almost sinks Fame, but the voice of Naturi Naughton, the heart of Dutton, and the energy of Tancharoen give it a pulse. Fame is erratic, but it definitely has a beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 26, 2009
...despite cliched characters and parents straight from central casting, the performance numbers are executed by some pretty talented kids and Megan Mullally and Bebe Neuwirth are intriguing as the school's singing and dance instructors.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 26, 2009
A terrific score coupled with exciting choreography, tight editing and a talented cast make Fame a joyous and upbeat experience.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 25, 2009
It's almost fatally modest. But it has a sweet spirit, and it offers only one true moment of inadvertent camp: a (lame) finale featuring an African dance routine completely at odds with all the white bread we've just been served.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
September 25, 2009
The production numbers are great, sometimes jaw-droppingly so.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
September 25, 2009
"Already?" the woman behind me said plaintively when the words "Sophomore Year" flashed up on the screen. That's the joy of this Fame. Like the old ones, it convinces you that high school, if not life, should go on forever.
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
September 25, 2009
Fans of the original won't care if this lives forever, but when the kids' High School Musical DVDs finally become too scratched to play, this should be waiting in the wings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 25, 2009
Pleasant, undemanding entertainment for drama-club kids and the people who love them -- a family-friendly salute to young performing artists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Victor Olliver
September 25, 2009
This may not please MTV fans but will appeal to primetime TV family audiences who've grown to expect the slickness of The X Factor's production values. Loads of talent and plenty of pretty faces. What's not to like?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
September 25, 2009
But its well-intentioned message and some likeable characters mean the teenage target audience should find plenty to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 25, 2009
[Its] hyperreal documentary quality is combined with a borderline fantasy feeling, which will probably drive some literal-minded viewers up the wall, but which is actually the movie's best element and its one claim to distinction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Turner
September 25, 2009
The film does deliver a commendable message about the importance of talent and hard work as opposed to instant, Pop Idol-style celebrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andy Webster
New York Times
September 25, 2009
Suffers from a surfeit of flash, it nonetheless offers the undeniable power of young performers pursuing art at peak dexterity.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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