September 10, 2020
Marc Shaiman and Chris Wittman's score sparkles and the film's production design and appearance remain faithful to Waters' vision of 1960's Baltimore.
November 21, 2019
The latest version is just as good, if not better, with an infectious soundtrack and an all-star cast that precisely hits every note. This is easily the most entertaining major studio release of 2007.
June 6, 2019
The songs by composer Marc Shaiman and lyricist Scott Whitman are big, bold and deliriously infectious, the kind of music that leaves you wanting to stand up and shout, or at least get up and dance.
August 23, 2018
This film leaps at you with such joy and vigour and generosity you cannot reject it.
August 4, 2013
If any movie musical could threaten the standing of retro favourite Grease, it's this one.
August 4, 2013
Director-choreographer Adam Shankman has come up with one of the purest entertainments of the summer.
September 8, 2012
It pays respect to the original while also carving its own image as a truly good musical.
July 14, 2011
Much as Hairspray serves as a showcase for the effervescent charms of newcomer Blonsky, its greatest trick is to revitalise the careers of a few old Hollywood faithfuls.
March 22, 2011
In alchemy the transmuting of materials between forms distills them to their purest elements. In film, the opposite is true. The more iterations, the more muddled things get. Hairspray is good at what it does but not everything it does is good.
July 6, 2010
The script is full of anachronisms, but Hairspray's sense of history delivers a needed spritz in the face.
August 27, 2009
Much of the fun comes from director-choreographer Adam Shankman's happy acceptance of musical staples
August 8, 2009
Shankman's crassly theatrical attenuation of Hairspray only draws gay culture away from a moment of American history with which it ought to have a great deal in common
July 23, 2009
It falls to individual efforts by the cast to keep the eye and ear coming back for more.
February 2, 2009
Hairspray is an energetic romp, but as a social statement -- which it pretends to be -- it's cartoonish. And as a playful look back at a time and place, it's simplistic shtik. It's a mountain of whipped cream, with an occasional chocolate sprinkle.
October 18, 2008
For a star-studded big-budget musical, Hairspray does a nice job of retaining the funky sweetness of the original.
August 23, 2008
I will confess that Travolta totally turned me around. A mountain of a woman in his female fat suit, he commits 150% to the role.
July 22, 2008
The most refreshing and enjoyable musical of this century%u2014Hairspray.
July 10, 2008
Even if the new Hairspray seems a welcome return to camp for Travolta, his mock seriousness is as frozen as ever.