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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as Curtis Taylor Jr.
as James `Thunder' Early
as Talent Booker
as Marty Madison
as Jerry Harris
as Deena Jones
as Aunt Ethel
as Max Washington
as Effie White
as David Bennett
as Clarence Conrad White
as Jazz Singer
as Sam Walsh
as Adam Brooks
as TV Director
as Ronald White
as Michelle Morris
as Older White Man
as Lorrell Robinson
as Elvis Kelly
as Melba Early
as Man with Gun
as Curtis' Secretary
as Jimmy's Piano Player
as Tiny Joe Dixon
as Teddy Campbell
as Las Vegas Patron
as Tania Williams
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Critic Reviews for Dreamgirls
It compares to that other "legitimate" musical smash of recent vintage, Chicago. It just doesn't have the life or fun of Chicago.
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?
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.
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.
Dreamgirls is the entire musical package, a triumph of old school on-screen glamour, and we wouldn't want it any other way.
Audience Reviews for Dreamgirls
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.
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.
|Lorrell Robinson:||Effie You're going crazy|
|Deena Jones:||Tell what Have I Done|
|Effie White:||You stole my dream Deena and you stole my Man|
|C.C. White:||Are you ladies decent?|
|Deena Jones:||I am. I can't speak for these two.|
|James "Thunder" Early:||jimmy want arib jimmy want a steak jimmy want a piece of yo chocolate cake|