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Dreamgirls Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/6
Peter Bradshaw
February 3, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jon Niccum
County Cable
February 2, 2007
a mildly engrossing lecture on the pitfalls of fame -- drug abuse, failed marriages and egos run rampant -- all set to the melismatic bellowing of semi-catchy show tunes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stuart McGurk
February 2, 2007
Eddie Murphy is worth the price of admission alone. He isn't so much a masculine stage presence as a walking erection with a quiff.
| Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
February 1, 2007
Entertaining, impressively directed musical drama with a show-stopping, Oscar-nominated performance by Jennifer Hudson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2007
Any movie that inspires an audience to clap during and after with such incredible performances is definitely worth your money.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
January 30, 2007
An old-school crowd-pleaser in the best Hollywood tradition, Dreamgirls is only let down by its piecemeal structure and nominal leading lady.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 30, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
January 29, 2007
Ardent, accomplished, overwhelmingly emotional, with something to say and a dream cast saying it in song. Bravo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror (UK)
January 29, 2007
Marvellous musical entertainment packed with performances to relish and enjoy. Wonderful stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 27, 2007
Whatever boldness Condon brings to the project is ultimately sunk by its disappointing lack of human drama in favor of by-the-numbers rise-and-fall theatrics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
January 25, 2007
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.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 24, 2007
A poorly written film with poorly written songs and almost no character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
January 20, 2007
[Condon] is one of those rare directors who can make theatricality work on film. Rather than stifling it, he embraces it, and the result is sheer exhilaration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 18, 2007
Aside from Jennifer Hudson's beefy performance, this black r&b musical never conveys much soul.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
January 18, 2007
One can wish for a better, truer, more soulful version of the Motown saga. Or one can grab a seat and be dazzled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 17, 2007
Great performances, great singers, weak music. A mere shadow of Motown's greatest hits.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 17, 2007
Despite forgettable songs, I'm much more impressed by Dreamgirls than I am by the darling of the new musicals, Rob Marshall's Chicago.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 11, 2007
Ambition, power, passion - plus Beyonce, Jamie Foxx and the extraordinary, Jennifer Hudson, who can belt out a song with so much soul, that it is likely to pierce your heart...
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 10, 2007
DREAMGIRLS has its flaws and weaknesses, but it still is a worthy translation of the stage show to the big screen anddefinitely worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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