Critics Consensus

Idlewild has some truly breathtaking moments, but borrows too heavily from other similar movies, and the disjointed script is not worthy of talents involved.



Total Count: 130


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User Ratings: 27,730
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OutKast duo André "Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan Andre "Big Boi" Patton star as two Prohibition-era performers determined to fend off the vicious gangsters currently attempting to gain a stake in the pair's lucrative club in this musical drama directed by longtime collaborator Bryan Barber and featuring choreography by three-time Tony award winner Hinton Battle. In the 1930s, Idlewild was the hottest speakeasy in the South thanks to the impressive showmanship of flamboyant manager/lead performer Rooster (Patton) and the notable talents of introverted pianist Percival (Benjamin). Everything changes, however, when a powerful gangster and his ruthless henchmen move in on the scene with every intention of landing a healthy portion of the club's considerable profits. Ving Rhames, Terrence Howard, Faizon Love, Patti LaBelle, Macy Gray, Ben Vereen, and Cicely Tyson co-star.

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Paula Patton
as Angel Davenport
Cicely Tyson
as Mother Hopkins
Macy Gray
as Taffy
Ben Vereen
as Percy Sr.
Patti LaBelle
as Angel Davenport
Bobb'e J. Thompson
as Young Rooster
China Anderson
as Rooster's Daughter No. 1
Carol Mitchell-Leon
as Auntie Belle
Isis Faust
as Rooster's Daughter No. 2
Kyra Freeman
as Rooster's Daughter No. 3
Kabrina Truesdale
as Rooster's Daughter
Bryan Barber
as Photographer
Farnsworth Bentley
as Voice of the Flask
Cali Casino
as Stagehand
Kevin Rowe
as Stagehand
Lillian Jones
as Stiffed Whore
Lakesha Lee
as Wailing Mourner
Liwaza Green
as Fine Woman
Karen Dyer
as Eva the Fire Diva
Bre'wan Waddell
as Percival (boy)
Debra Killings
as Singing Voice of Angel
Quinn Bass
as Swop Dancer
Torya Beard
as Swop Dancer
Jennifer Edmonds
as Swop Dancer
Ryan Francois
as Swop Dancer
Terrance Harrison
as Swop Dancer
Micah James
as Swop Dancer
Erika T. Johnson
as Swop Dancer
Janice Lorraine
as Swop Dancer
Chanel Malvar
as Swop Dancer
Marielys Molina
as Swop Dancer
Adesola Osakalumi
as Swop Dancer
Henry Platt
as Swop Dancer
Danielle Polanco
as Swop Dancer
Carlos Sierra
as Swop Dancer
Ivan "Flipz" Velez
as Swop Dancer
Nadine Ellis
as Church Dancer
Elton Laron
as Church Dancer
Tracie Burton
as Church Dancer
Ayesha Orange
as Church Dancer
Josette Wiggan
as Church Dancer
Jason Samuels Smith
as Church Dancer
Victoria Parsons
as Church Dancer
Dannon Bryant
as Church Dancer
Patrick 'Sleepy' Brown
as Syncopated Church Orchestra
John Norwood Fisher
as Syncopated Church Orchestra
Kevin Kendrick
as Syncopated Church Orchestra
John Dexter Steward Jr.
as Syncopated Church Orchestra
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Critic Reviews for Idlewild

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Audience Reviews for Idlewild

  • Jun 11, 2011
    See it. Chances are, you'll fall in love with Idlewild in spite of how many times you've seen this plot before. But that might be the Georgia boy in me talking...
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2010
    One of the best musical of our time. Loved the effects in this movie. It's something new that our generation should be making more of.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2008
    You've never seen a rapper play <i>this</i> kind of a gangsta before! Full review coming soon...
    Duncan R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2008
    This movie is beautiful. It's everything Chicago should have been: the music, the characters, the set design, the costumes, the script, the strange balance between tragedy, comedy and romance. This movie is really something special. Beautifully shot and the story is very well-crafted and tight. I love the surreality of the animation and the visual effects. Where was this during the Oscars?
    Emily A Super Reviewer

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