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Idlewild Reviews

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March 27, 2011
Benjamin and Patton have devised a basic Prohibition era gangster story as a background for their newest musical experiment melding modern hip-hop with the jazz and blues of the '30s, all put together with a great deal of visual cleverness and flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 30, 2009
Its hodgepodge plot only heightens its stale smell
July 11, 2007
Though not as good as I hoped it would be, it's still an above par musical effort in the end...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 15, 2007
1930s black America becomes just a stage for OutKast's vanity project.
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March 1, 2007
Neither fish nor fowl. Nor foul, either, though not great--and ultimately, more idle than wild.
February 8, 2007
In spite of several inspired moments where it exhibits some genuine promise, this desperate attempt to be all things to all people ends up sabotaging any potential to make a memorable contribution to the annals of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 13, 2006
The music, which sounds like a collaboration between Cab Calloway and Run DMC, keeps the story flowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 4, 2006
Idlewild overflows with inventiveness and random weirdness that sort of make it a must-see even if it isn't a particularly good film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 14, 2006
For a band whose music is suffused with such delicate irony, you'd expect at the very least for there to be a few laughs along the way? There are none. Nothing. Zero.
October 6, 2006
Fans happy to luxuriate in its artistic indulgence, however, will be swept up in the weird, random, fantastic OutKastness of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 29, 2006
You have to hand it to those OutKast fellas -- even when they make a mess, they do it with style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 22, 2006
an eccentric, audacious musical that, like "Moulin Rouge," blends backstage drama, tragic romance and flights of fantasy into a story that bravely jumps from genre to genre and from era to era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2006
An imaginatively rendered and ultimately touching expression of the collision of creativity and responsibility, and the former bursting through the constraints of a small town outlook of diminished expectation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 16, 2006
Computer-enhanced pictorials do most of the imaginative work in Idlewild, a wildly ambitious musical that sat on the shelf for two years, for understandable reasons.
September 5, 2006
You'll probably come to Idlewild for the musical excitement, but you may just find yourself leaving with a surprisingly bittersweet lump in your throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 4, 2006
Structurally all over the place but its infectious rhythms more than make up for narrative deficiencies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 3, 2006
Coming from a band as creative as OutKast, this film is a big letdown, because it lacks any creativity of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 2, 2006
The only real problem is the inconsistency of performances from the individually outstanding cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 1, 2006
Never idle, and always wild, "Idlewild" truly is an adults-only musical about gangsters.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
August 31, 2006
...the film's audacity and peculiarity might mean Idlewild has trouble finding a mainstream audience, one it only marginally earns anyway.
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