Dreamgirls

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Dreamgirls' simple characters and plot hardly detract from the movie's real feats: the electrifying performances and the dazzling musical numbers.

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Deena (Beyoncé Knowles),Effie (Jennifer Hudson) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose) form a music trio called the Dreamettes. When ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx) spots the act at a talent show, he offers the chance of a lifetime, to be backup singers for a national star (Eddie Murphy). Taylor takes creative control of the group and eventually pushes the singers into the spotlight. However, one becomes the star, forcing another out, which teaches them about the high cost of fame.

Cast

Jamie Foxx
as Curtis Taylor Jr.
Beyoncé Knowles
as Deena Jones
Eddie Murphy
as James `Thunder' Early
Danny Glover
as Marty Madison
Jennifer Hudson
as Effie White
Anika Noni Rose
as Lorrell Robinson
Keith Robinson
as Clarence Conrad White
Sharon Leal
as Michelle Morris
Loretta Devine
as Jazz Singer
Michael-Leon Wooley
as Tiny Joe Dixon
John Lithgow
as Jerry Harris
John Krasinski
as Sam Walsh
Ken Page
as Max Washington
Alexander Folk
as Ronald White
Esther Scott
as Aunt Ethel
Jordan Wright
as Teddy Campbell
Dawnn Lewis
as Melba Early
Jaleel White
as Talent Booker
Jordan Belfi
as Adam Brooks
Gilbert Glenn Brown
as Man with Gun
Yvette Nicole Brown
as Curtis' Secretary
Laura Bell Bundy
as Sweetheart
E.J. Callahan
as Older White Man
Luna Rocio Cantale
as Las Vegas Patron
Stephanie Owens
as Tania Williams
Thomas Crawford
as TV Director
Cleo King
as Janice
Jocko Sims
as Elvis Kelly
Daren A. Herbert
as Jimmy's Piano Player
Ivar Brogger
as David Bennett
Sybyl Walker
as Charlene
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Critic Reviews for Dreamgirls

All Critics (208) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (163) | Rotten (45)

  • The energy is so high in sequences like this -- and there are lots of them -- that it almost doesn't matter that we've seen this story before, in Ray and other film biographies about the "heartbreak" of musical stardom.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

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  • It compares to that other "legitimate" musical smash of recent vintage, Chicago. It just doesn't have the life or fun of Chicago.

    May 13, 2009 | Rating: 4/5
  • Few pictures can match the glamorous pull of Dreamgirls. Bill Condon's first big musical since Chicago is a glossy, gleaming Cadillac of a film with a vintage rhythm and blues engine tuned to perfection. The cast is dressed to kill.

    February 5, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There is no single person or story to centre the drama around, and Murphy's performance, though widely liked and indeed now Oscar-nominated, is for my money flatly written with very little of the high comedy octane of which we know he is capable.

    February 3, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The opening rump-shaking immediately sets the tone: Dreamgirls pulses with sheer exuberance. When was the last time a musical, much less a huge Hollywood production, felt this alive?

    February 3, 2007 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…
  • The songs themselves aren't memorable so it helps greatly that they're delivered with gusto. Condon tries to pack too much in, however, and energy flags slightly towards the end. Ultimately it's Hudson's passion that keeps the dream alive.

    January 30, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dreamgirls

  • Mar 17, 2014
    A colorful, lively, well-executed musical-film, Dreamgirls is a must-see spectacle. Jennifer Hudson steals the show with powerhouse vocals and a vulnerable debut performance. The film never lags, always entertains, and features beautiful music. It is an ultimately uplifting experience.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2013
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  • Feb 12, 2013
    The definitive musical of the rise to fame and the fall from grace. Dazzling, engaging and wonderfully acted, it leaves me bewildered that ''Dreamgirls'' didn't get a Best Picture nomination in 2007.
    Liam G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2012
    Bill Condon directs an incredible cast in the movie version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Let me say this before I say anything else: I was so stunned by the performances and musical numbers in this film that I literally had to tell myself to close my mouth. Jennifer Hudson got an Oscar for her role as Effie White, and did she ever deserve it. Beyonce was not far behind, but I have to say I prefer her singing songs like the Oscar nominated song "Listen" than "Run the World". This film also proves that Eddie Murphy can act. He just needs proper direction, and the right role. He was really great the role as James Early which got him an Oscar nomination. Overall, Dreamgirls features electrifying performances from the whole cast especially from Jennifer Hudson, and incredible musical number that sent shivers down my spine. Even though I felt that the ending was rushed a little, it was very moving and satisfying.
    Raymond W Super Reviewer

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