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Burlesque Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Just terrible enough to make you wish it was even worse.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 14, 2013
It's totally ridiculous, utterly unbelievable and deliciously naughty as much as a PG-13 movie can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Beck
September 22, 2012
What Antin should take away from this experience is that it takes a lot more than a clichéd-filled story, some dancing, forgettable music, and a bland script to make an interesting and engaging musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 15, 2011
...wears out its welcome to an almost astonishing degree...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Welcome back, plotline of 1933; you haven't aged a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dominic Corry
March 17, 2011
The alarmingly plastic surgery-ified Cher, with her face looking like a condom stretched over a beach umbrella, gives a performance here as the club owner that's not so much 'still' as 'immobile'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Tennis
February 6, 2011
This is all about the music and director/writer Steve Antin has fashioned a spectacle worthy of Broadway.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
January 14, 2011
Burlesque may be aiming for Cabaret-style glamour, but mostly it plays like stale cheese.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
January 14, 2011
The tone is earnest, verging on sentimental. Or maybe it's just the effect of Antin's leaden dialogue, for it inspires some execrable acting. As a movie star, Aguilera is yet to shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
January 14, 2011
So bad it's good or just plain bad? Terribly entertaining with emphasis on the terribly, or just, you know, terrible?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Fiona Williams
January 13, 2011
Burlesque is unlikely to convert any new followers to either its stars or its subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
January 13, 2011
The images are murky and off-putting, the wisecracks fall flat, and the musical numbers aren't stylish or excessive enough to be memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
January 12, 2011
Yes, Burlesque is bad, but it's the good kind of bad, with plenty of unintentional laughs and a powerfully dreadful lead performance by Cher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clem Bastow
The Vine
January 10, 2011
Burlesque offers such an archetypal Hollywood narrative that explaining what happens in the film is almost irrelevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Melissa Wellham
January 10, 2011
Burlesque is awful. The script is horrendous. The acting is dismal. The musical numbers are glitzy and glittery, but even all the half-naked women on stage can't make this film particularly thrilling.
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
January 10, 2011
While campy and clichéd, this is a surprisingly enjoyable piece of escapism with Christina Aguilera delivering an impressive turn in the lead role.
January 5, 2011
Yes, it bears absolutely no resemblance to the historical art of burlesque, but that's like complaining Jurassic Park didn't have enough palaeontology in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2011
Even the dances feel cozily dated, as choreographers Denise Faye and Joey Pizzi borrow liberally from Bob Fosse.
Top Critic
Rafer Guzman
January 3, 2011
Burlesque manages what seemed impossible: It is filled with half-naked dancing girls, yet it's still boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Anders Wotzke
December 28, 2010
[Steve] Antin hasn't really written Burlesque, he has merely spooned the story out of a can labelled 'Instant Musical: Just add eyeliner.'
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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