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Hairspray Reviews

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August 4, 2013
If any movie musical could threaten the standing of retro favourite Grease, it's this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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
July 23, 2009
It falls to individual efforts by the cast to keep the eye and ear coming back for more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
July 22, 2008
The most refreshing and enjoyable musical of this century%u2014Hairspray.
March 3, 2008
The film works best for me when they are making fun of the racial climate of the 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 2, 2008
An amazing cast sings and dances across the screen with such flair and passion its completely infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2007
Some magical balance between the cast members, the set design, the songs and director Adam Shankman makes it work.
November 30, 2007
Though colorful, cheery and energetic, there's something missing from this song-and-dance routine.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 26, 2007
Travolta as bosomy mom Edna in perky fat suit, with flab-infatuated spouse Walken never far behind, pretty much steals the show from everybody else as he impressively shakes his bountiful booty across the dance floor.
November 19, 2007
On almost every level, Hairspray surpasses expectations and is probably one of the best studio musicals to come out in years.
November 7, 2007 can you not like a movie in which John Travolta and Christopher Walken sing a love song to each other? And you believe it!
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 31, 2007
Infectiously fun musical with a message.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2007
The main point of a movie musical is the song and dance, and that's where the relentlessly happy "Hairspray" packs a knockout punch.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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