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Fame Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
April 21, 2011
Director Alan Parker has reinvented effectively the old musical movie genre of let's put on a show in a way that speaks directly to younger viewers
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kari Croop
Common Sense Media
December 19, 2010
Raw look at teen life more shocking than you might recall.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 28, 2010
What recommends Fame to whatever degree that it doesn't totally suck is that Parker's still content at this point in his career to not resolve every single storyline
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
September 8, 2010
The song and dance scenes are hard to beat in terms of sheer energy and atmosphere, but the dramatic storylines leave several loose ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
September 8, 2010
Every once in a while what appears to be the entire student body pours out into the street to do song-and-dance numbers, some of which are cheerful enough, but all of which break faith with the film's realistic premise.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 8, 2010
The film is cut at such a frenzied pitch that it's often possible to believe (mistakenly) that something significant is going on.
Jason McKiernan
October 26, 2009
Nearly thirty years after its debut, Alan Parker's Fame remains, in its way, even fresher than its glossy 2009 remake
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
June 9, 2008
Alan Parker has come up with an exposure for some of the most talented youngsters seen on screen in years. There isn't a bad performance in the lot.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's a crack at the American Dream which carries all the exhilaration and depth of a 133-minute commercial break.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A genuine treasure, moving and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
April 11, 2004
As Fame begins to unspool and you realize that the movie's a lot more endearingly grimy and profane than you recall...just blame it on that stupid TV knockoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 6, 2003
Infectious and moving and sometimes bittersweet.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 7, 2003
A rambling, emotionally involving, and exuberent movie with flashes of cinematic poetry.

May 24, 2003
It's telling that this film is best remembered for its music and dancing: its attempts at serious ensemble drama have mixed results.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 9, 2003
One of the finest dramas ever about teen life
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 5, 2002
Not always believable, but energetic and enjoyable.
| Original Score: 4/5
April 17, 2001
Alan Parker manages to make this a fairly horrible story even while it remains entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
April 6, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 29, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
July 28, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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