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Dreamgirls Reviews

May 13, 2009
It compares to that other "legitimate" musical smash of recent vintage, Chicago. It just doesn't have the life or fun of Chicago.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
January 3, 2007
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.
January 3, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
January 3, 2007
Elegiac, filthy-minded, unsparing, and as deeply moving as you'd expect from any de facto story of Peter O'Toole's life.
December 30, 2006
It's a product that promises magic, and yet gives us nothing to live on.
December 29, 2006
...An uneven success.
December 29, 2006
With a star turn like [Jennifer Hudson's] at its center, a movie doesn't need too much more, but Dreamgirls has plenty to go around.
December 29, 2006
Dreamgirls wraps you up in its music, like a velvet coat of sound, and when it's over you feel warmed, happy and thoroughly entertained.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 29, 2006
Flaws and all, Dreamgirls is certainly a lot more watchable than other recent adaptations of Broadway musicals like Rent, The Producers and The Phantom of the Opera.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 29, 2006
This glitzy, infectious and unusually heartfelt musical doesn't always hang together as a satisfying narrative -- too many characters compete for too little screen time -- but its pleasures are numerous enough to override its flaws.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 29, 2006
Joy is defined as Dreamgirls, an ecstatic dose of pure top-down Motown tight-harmony effervescence that takes a hit Broadway musical about a Chicago girl group and turns it, miraculously, into a Hollywood delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 29, 2006
It's fun. It's candy. With colorful costumes, often effervescent tunes (the original production's Henry Krieger wrote four new ones), it's a champagne cocktail.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 29, 2006
Dreamgirls sizzles most of the time, giving us a slightly Broadway-ized look at an important part of the history of American pop music.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 29, 2006
Any director hoping to capture racism, catfights, and urban decay with music this square, and filmmaking this haphazard, is a fool.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 29, 2006
Dreamgirls is like a really fabulous party. The next morning, you don't remember anything special that happened, but you know you had a blast.
Read More | Original Score: B+
December 28, 2006
Bill Condon's screen adaptation of the 1981 Broadway sensation is, if possible, as dazzling and energizing as its source.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 28, 2006
If what you value in a movie musical is visual extravagance and a show-stopping performance or two, Dreamgirls will leave you with a feeling of absurd, unreasoning happiness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 26, 2006
How many of us have a chance to visit Broadway and see an A-quality show? That's the experience with Dreamgirls, and there's something to be said for it.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 22, 2006
Dreamgirls may come up short in terms of originality and killer songs, but it wears its big, drippy camp heart on its sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 22, 2006
This is the first important movie musical in decades about African-Americans and the first to deal with the revolution in civil rights and the mainstream success of black pop music.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 22, 2006
Dreamgirls is a knockout, no two ways about it, a sizzling adaptation of the successful Broadway musical that is bound to leave audiences howling with pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 22, 2006
Condon has gotten terrific performances from almost everyone here. Knowles lives up to the promise she's shown in her earlier big-screen warm-ups. And Hudson proves to be as good in her dramatic scenes as she is in the musical ones.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2006
Full of strong performances and outsize musical energy, Dreamgirls has all the makings of a big-time holiday hit, and it deserves to become one.
Read More | Original Score: B+
December 22, 2006
As much as I appreciated the performances from the terrifically talented cast -- as much as I liked Dreamgirls -- I didn't love it. Maybe it was just a little too slick and over the top for its own good.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2006
An "American Idol" rejectee with no prior screen experience, [Jennifer Hudson's] presence in this film is itself the stuff that musical dreams are made of.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 21, 2006
Condon knew what he wanted, and got it: a smooth, shiny showbiz fable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2006
Fulfills the ecstatic promise inherent in all musicals -- that life can be dissolved into song and dance -- but it does so without relinquishing the toughest estimate of how money and power work in the real world that song and dance leave behind.
December 17, 2006
[Director] Condon paints with such broad, familiar strokes that the film feels generic; in setting out to tell everyone's story, Condon ends up telling no one's.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
December 15, 2006
I've been going to the movies a long time. This is the first time I ever saw people sit during the closing credits, just so they could cheer when a performer's name came up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2006
Film director Bill Condon keeps that story on track, while cramming the screen with wonderful visual touches.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 14, 2006
Jennifer Hudson is the heart and soul of Dreamgirls. When she's on the screen, the movie shines. When she's not, the whole endeavor suffers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2006
When Jennifer Hudson sings, all's right with the world.
December 14, 2006
Audiences who go to Dreamgirls will have a good time, but theyll be going for old times sake rather than to encounter anything vital or new.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 14, 2006
[Dreamgirls proves] again that transforming a hit Broadway musical into an equally spectacular movie is one of the most confounding tricks in show business.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 14, 2006
The corn may be as high as Beyoncé Knowles' gravity-defying wigs, but you'll be so carried away by the penny-arcade clamor of light, rhythm and song, you really won't care.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 14, 2006
With a star turn like that at its center, a movie doesn't need too much more, but Dreamgirls has plenty to go around. Its sense of showmanship is overflowing.
December 13, 2006
Dreamgirls is the rare movie musical with real rapture in it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 13, 2006
I have to admit that the film's spectacular performances and production values will blow you away much of the time -- and for that, Mr. Condon and his many colleagues deserve to be commended.
December 13, 2006
Flashy, flamboyant and ferocious, Dreamgirls is just plain socko!
December 11, 2006
Dreamgirls is a wonderful entertainment: a musical that, while not skimping on the music, delivers a multi-layered storyline featuring complex characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 11, 2006
This is Hudson's movie all the way.
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December 11, 2006
It's great to see a movie musical with a smart sense of the genre.
December 11, 2006
There's so much excitement around the opening of Dreamgirls... that I know I'm going to bring down the room by saying I think it's just okay. Well, Jennifer Hudson is more than okay.
December 11, 2006
My guess is that fans of the musical will love it. But it's a little short on heart and soul, and it is deeply conventional.
December 6, 2006
When she sings 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going' -- one of the most heartfelt cries of pain ever written for a musical -- Hudson inscribes her name on an Oscar.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 4, 2006
The movie belongs to Hudson as the proud, self-destructive Effie. When she's center stage, Dreamgirls transports you to movie musical heaven.
December 1, 2006
A musical with energy and talent to burn but missing its heart.
December 1, 2006
Stays true to the source material while standing on its own as a fully reimagined movie.
November 23, 2006
This baby dazzles like nothing else anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4