Dreamgirls (2006)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Director Bill Condon brings Tom Eyen's Tony award-winning Broadway musical to the big screen in a tale of dreams, stardom, and the high cost of success in the cutthroat recording industry. The time is the 1960s, and singers Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose), and Deena (Beyoncé Knowles) are about to find out just what it's like to have their wildest dreams come true. Discovered at a local talent show by ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx), the trio known as "the Dreamettes" is soon offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of opening for popular singer James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy). Subsequently molded into an unstoppable hit machine by Taylor and propelled into the spotlight as "the Dreams," the girls quickly find their bid for the big time taking priority over personal friendship as Taylor edges out the ultra-talented Effie so that the more beautiful Deena can become the face of the group. Now, as the crossover act continues to dominate the airwaves, the small-town girls with big-city dreams slowly begin to realize that the true cost of fame may be higher than any of them ever anticipated. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (for language, some sexuality and drug content)
Genre:
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Box Office:
$103,300,000.00
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Cast

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

All Critics (200) | Top Critics (51)

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

May 12, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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?

Full Review… | February 2, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

It reserves singing and dancing for the stage until Jamie Foxx just randomly bursts into verse while strolling down the street. Dreamgirls wants to be Effie but ends up as Deena: thin, smooth, unburdened by a personality.

Full Review… | January 24, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Watching Dreamgirls on the big screen feels like an event somehow. Maybe it's the conviction and passion that the actors bring to their roles.

Full Review… | January 3, 2007
Slate
Top Critic

Dreamgirls is the entire musical package, a triumph of old school on-screen glamour, and we wouldn't want it any other way.

Full Review… | January 3, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Elegiac, filthy-minded, unsparing, and as deeply moving as you'd expect from any de facto story of Peter O'Toole's life.

Full Review… | January 3, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Dreamgirls

½

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 Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

½

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Directors Cat

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½

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 Gadd
Liam Gadd

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