Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Reviews

June 6, 2019
Those moments are what push Precious in the TV movie of the week direction. But when Daniels steps back and lets the story and the performances speak for themselves, this is powerful stuff.
May 11, 2019
When director Lee Daniels keeps his focus on that mother-daughter relationship, the film really soars. Unfortunately, Daniels adds a lot of busy work and secondary characters that for the most part don't bring anything to the film.
March 9, 2019
A brutally believable story that could be happening to any girl right now, with an unknown actress who blows right off the screen and makes you feel everything she is.
November 17, 2018
Precious is a hard but worthy journey.
November 4, 2018
Unexpected and moving, Precious is a gem from the projects.
August 30, 2018
This is either a good film with quite a few flaws, or a flawed film which is also quite good, but that's all right. None of us is perfect, after all.
January 17, 2018
The performances of Sidibe and Mo'Nique are extraordinary and spellbinding.
September 12, 2017
... Precious is a true story of survival and hope and not to be missed.
August 23, 2017
If you are going to bring a victim of this magnitude to the screen, give her history the treatment it deserves, ie good direction or at the very least some proper editing to serve as an emotional sat-nav.
October 7, 2015
It's amazing how the film turns out to be infinitely moving in spite of Mr. Daniels's stylistic self-destruct.
February 3, 2013
Its flaws are more so of the executional than the conceptual kind, the whole more than the sum of its parts.
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.
April 4, 2011
The remarkable Sidibe is one of several daring casting choices by director Lee Daniels.
April 4, 2011
It is a classical tragedy in the Greek sense, and runs its characters (and viewers) through a wringer of pity and terror on the way to its devastating catharsis.
April 4, 2011
It's a deeply heart-busting story about finding self-realization.
April 4, 2011
Sidibe's Susan Boyle moment of misdirected public pity notwithstanding, hers is a rare and welcome presence in American independent film.
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.
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.
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.
April 4, 2011