May 19, 2020
It has taken 25 years for Michael Bennett's Dreamgirls to go from Broadway to the big screen. The delay can be forgiven, however, because the film rocks on all levels.
June 6, 2019
Very much rooted in its disco-era decadence, but it is always fiercely, vibrantly fresh
November 3, 2018
While Dreamgirls has many fantastic attributes -- brilliant musical numbers, top performances, and some amazing camerawork and editing -- it doesn't quite gel, ensuring that this musical never moves from being a good film to a supreme one.
January 5, 2018
This film could earn eight Oscar nominations. It's so much fun. Let's go see a movie where you smile, and cheer ... and tap your feet a little, too.
July 6, 2010
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.
January 6, 2010
Condon's adaptation is polished and enjoyable and yet something is missing from making it a truly great musical movie--perhaps a more coherent vision or unity.
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.
April 29, 2009
A tight and entertaining musical with a show stealing performance by Jennifer Hudson.
July 22, 2007
Dreamgirls opened on Xmas day and it was every much of a brilliant holiday movie. I guess the only complaint I have is it is too slick.
July 14, 2007
There's a joy on screen -- a love for the material that's palpable and contagious -- but the material, in the end, lets them down.
March 24, 2007
You may not be expecting this from a musical, but Dreamgirls is one of the most fast-paced, frenetically-edited, roller-coaster rides of a movie that you'll see all year.
March 12, 2007
Dreamgirls is a splashy film with a great cast, strong performances, terrific music and an engrossing, though...familiar, story.
March 7, 2007
There's no faint-praise here. It's the best film of the year.
February 19, 2007
Newcomer Jennifer Hudson owns the movie with her magnetic presence and go-tell-it-on-the-mountain voice.* ** ** *
February 19, 2007
Jennifer Hudson makes her acting debut in Bill Condon's Dreamgirls, and it's safe to say the phrase "star-making turn" was invented for performances like hers.
February 15, 2007
I could have happily sat through the first half a second time, though I was barely able to sit through the second half once.
February 10, 2007
To say that Dreamgirls is the best musical so far this century is to make no great claim for it. To say that it's the best film about the music business since 1996's Grace of My Heart and fit to be spoken of in the same breath says more.
February 7, 2007
A stellar cast, stunning sets and costumes and engaging music make this a modern musical for a new generation.