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Glitter Reviews

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Susan Stark
Detroit News
March 10, 2007
| Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 5, 2007
The best parts of this dud are the ones in which she's singing. This is what she does best. This is what she should stick to. Save your money and watch her videos for free on cable music-television networks.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
This fails to convince on several levels: Carey's assumed edginess; Beesley's faltering Brooklyn accent; turns from such celebs as rapper Da Brat and soul vocalist Eric Benet; the half-hearted '80s references and the haphazard retro effects.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 19, 2002
Glitter lacks sparkle.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 5, 2001
A vehicle that tarnishes as you watch it, leaving this troubled chart-topper lost in a sea of drunken, maudlin cliches.
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October 1, 2001
Total escapism without a shred of believability.
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Megan Rosenfeld
Washington Post
September 26, 2001
We don't have much space to tell you about Glitter, so we'll be blunt. This star vehicle for singer Mariah Carey is primarily a showcase for her breasts.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
September 26, 2001
A derivative mishmash of cinematic and real-life situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 26, 2001
Carey, so vibrant and upbeat in music videos during the 1990s, simply does not register on the big screen.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 26, 2001
Carey acts the way Jennifer Lopez sings -- meekly and badly.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 26, 2001
have risen above screenwriter Kate Lanier's mundane show-biz saga.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 26, 2001
Though the story repeats every cliche of the form, it manages to get things wrong in new and fascinating ways.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
September 26, 2001
Ms. Carey sure can sing but she sure can't act.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 26, 2001
Above all, the film is lacking in joy. It never seems like it's fun to be Billie Frank.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
September 25, 2001
Infinitely mockable.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 24, 2001
Carey is weirdly blank and recessive.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 24, 2001
Occasionally, I see a chunk of cinematic debris that strikes so many wrong chords that I can't figure out how the project was greenlighted in the first place. This is one of those incidents.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
September 24, 2001
Another of what have become far too common lately: unintentional laughfests.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
September 24, 2001
Having gone through a few different titles on its ignominious path to the big screen, Glitter deserves yet another title: A Star Is Dull.
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 21, 2001
The dubbing of the musical numbers is so inept that any cathartic effect of the music is totally lost in the distances between artist, art and audience.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 21, 2001
Glitter, the kind of movie only 11-year-old girls who dot their i's with hearts would find bearable, is filled with unintentionally humorous moments that tower over any comedy released this year.
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Joan Anderman
Boston Globe
September 21, 2001
Fueled by formula, riddled with cliches, mindless from beginning to end.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 21, 2001
The great failure of Glitter is that it stops just short of being deliciously bad enough to qualify as a camp classic.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
September 21, 2001
An instant camp classic.
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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
September 21, 2001
An unintentionally hilarious compendium of time-tested cinematic cliches that illustrates the chasm between hopeful imitation and successful duplication.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 20, 2001
Too poorly made and cornball even to qualify as kitsch.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
September 20, 2001
Only diehard Mariah fans, 11-year-old girls, or anyone truly desperate to escape last week's terror might find some reason to sit through this bland, bloated, self-addressed valentine.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 20, 2001
Glitter could have set its sights higher or at least could have been more even in tone, but there's no denying that the material fits Mariah Carey like one of her skin-tight gowns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 20, 2001
Dim bulb of a movie.