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Burlesque Reviews

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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
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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.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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
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Ben Walters
Time Out
December 15, 2010
Try to make 'Showgirls' for 12 year olds and you please no one. What a tease.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
December 6, 2010
"Get your ass up, show me how you burlesque," growls one of this indulgent movie's indulgent musical numbers that swaggers with pearls, glitter and red lipstick - if not grammatical verb usage.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
December 6, 2010
Has the glitz and allure of a Victoria's Secret ad. What it doesn't have is an imaginative reinvention of the show-biz clichés that have so adamantly inspired it.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 3, 2010
If you go to Burlesque expecting a campy hoot on the order of Showgirls, you may be in for a disappointment. It's not quite awful enough, although it's plenty bad.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 24, 2010
Rated a family-friendly PG-13, Burlesque never loses its s---, never gets erotically out of hand, never devolves into delicious camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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November 24, 2010
A campy, satisfying showcase for the impressively flashy vocal and sartorial stylings of Cher and Christina Aguilera.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2010
As cheese, Burlesque is a processed American foodstuff pretending to be French.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 24, 2010
Falling in the pillowy cleavage between mildly awful and slightly entertaining, Burlesque is a clichéd rags-to-diva story that culminates in a series of Christina Aguilera videos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 24, 2010
A movie that quickly proves achingly dull, with none of the madness, verve or talent of Paul Verhoeven's "Showgirls" or even the workmanlike energy of Rob Marshall's "Chicago."
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 24, 2010
This corny guilty pleasure of a movie is a fitting two-hander for these seasoned pros.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
November 24, 2010
Every Thanksgiving needs a turkey, and this year's comes wrapped in a lacy bustier.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 24, 2010
Aguilera can dance like nobody's business, but her acting debut isn't going to keep Anne Hathaway awake at night.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 24, 2010
You don't even have to know the title of one of Aguilera's pop hits to appreciate her performance: In case there was ever any doubt, Burlesque proves the girl's got talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 24, 2010
It's big, perfectly cast and entertaining in every way, but more than that it feels like a generous public event. See it with other people. See it with a crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 24, 2010
The movie is frivolous fun, but not, as I had sort of hoped, as sinfully awful as Showgirls, Mariah Carey's Glitter or Britney Spears' Crossroads.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 24, 2010
Two hours of recycled plots and plastic acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 24, 2010
"Burlesque" is top-heavy from start to finish. Maybe that's what you do when you have nothing new to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 24, 2010
Not as bad as "Showgirls" but not nearly as good as "Chicago," "Burlesque" hits its marks and high-kicks its way offstage just before it gets the hook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
November 24, 2010
Tucci is great and underused, and Cher acquits herself nicely in her first film role in seven years. But writer/director Steve Antin has his stars sashaying between dance numbers with little narrative thread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 24, 2010
The whole thing's so safe, so straight, so completely anti-fabulous it could put Elton John in gray flannel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 24, 2010
Ignore the hamming; Burlesque is better at glamming, and that's just fine for those of us with a taste for glittery spectacle and earnestly campy theatrics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 24, 2010
I's not interesting enough to be a disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 24, 2010
Maybe Burlesque will serve as the imitation goods that spurs a consumer revolution for something more authentic. Aw, who am I kidding? It won't.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
November 23, 2010
Instead of leading with what Aguilera does best -- belting, vamping, spotlight hogging -- the movie shoehorns her into a rehashed backstage musical conceit.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 23, 2010
It's more corny than campy and more silly than sexy, much more's the pity. No one could say that Aguilera doesn't give it her all, though. This is her first real acting assignment, and by God, she's going to act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 23, 2010
It's entertaining enough, like watching a celebrity workout film with a plot. But never once is it believable. Really, the movie should last 30 seconds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
November 23, 2010
It's more hallucination than story, but hey, If you think of it as a slightly deranged long music video divathon it can be a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
November 23, 2010
If I seem fixated on appearances here, what can I tell you; there isn't much else here on which to fixate one's attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
November 23, 2010
A terrible film that will delight nearly everyone who sees it, whether they're 12-year-old Christina Aguilera fans or bad-movie buffs angling for a guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 23, 2010
Burlesque is a preposterous and intermittently entertaining lesson in how to make a movie musical with a little brains and a lot of talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 23, 2010
The rest of Burlesque plays like an extended version of the "Lady Marmalade" video, with a few contrivances to provide vague conflict.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 23, 2010
The choicest dialogue in Burlesque provokes the sort of laughter that other, intentionally funny films only dream of generating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 23, 2010
This one is strictly for Cher fans who like their campy shtick loud, lewd and ludicrous. But the biggest problem among many is that it's not her movie. She's hardly in it.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 22, 2010
A refreshing throwback to movie musicals that celebrates its stars while indulging in sexy fun.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
November 22, 2010
An overwrought, underwritten hootchy-kootchy tuner that desperately wants to be Cabaret, but lacks the edge and historical context to pull it off.