Burlesque Reviews

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March 28, 2019
It's impossible to know if [Christina Aguilera's] actually acting, since the music-video cutting rhythms don't give her time to sustain so much as a compound sentence, not that the script provides any.
March 28, 2019
And it's this tension that rescues Burlesque - a film cursed with being too competent to be a Showgirls-style guilty pleasure, and too ropey to be really recommendable.
March 28, 2019
Burlesque is so bad that it's good: over-the-top, ridiculous fun.
March 28, 2019
The only relevant choreography would have shown Bob Fosse spinning out of his grave.
October 7, 2011
[Burlesque] is hold-your-nose bad.
April 5, 2011
Burlesque aims for classy and hits somewhere around inoffensive.
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.
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.
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.
January 4, 2011
Even the dances feel cozily dated, as choreographers Denise Faye and Joey Pizzi borrow liberally from Bob Fosse.
January 3, 2011
Burlesque manages what seemed impossible: It is filled with half-naked dancing girls, yet it's still boring.
December 15, 2010
Try to make 'Showgirls' for 12 year olds and you please no one. What a tease.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 24, 2010
A campy, satisfying showcase for the impressively flashy vocal and sartorial stylings of Cher and Christina Aguilera.
November 24, 2010
As cheese, Burlesque is a processed American foodstuff pretending to be French.
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.
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.
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