Critics seemingly just didn't want to like this movie from the very get.....Before any screenings, it was quick judgements. Maybe it was due to the lead role being filled by an "outsider," Aguilera, who a widely known vocalist/pop singer & not an actress. I personally enjoyed this movie & catch it every time it comes on television, which is fairly often now. Christina, although the part didn't call for her to have to stretch herself too far, did a good job, given the role. She held the leading role well & I feel she was believable as the character. It's difficult when a person is solely known for a single attribute or talent & Christina has certainly put her mark in Hollywood as a musician/singer with longevity. Overall, I enjoy seeing this movie, repeatedly, it's entertaining & the cast is full of really good talent. The musical numbers are really good, the choreography, the songs, all good. It's worth watching.