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Idlewild Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
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
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
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
Kam Williams
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
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
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
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
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
Matthew Leyland
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
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
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
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
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+
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Harvey S. Karten
September 4, 2006
Structurally all over the place but its infectious rhythms more than make up for narrative deficiencies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 1, 2006
Never idle, and always wild, "Idlewild" truly is an adults-only musical about gangsters.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Collin Souter
August 30, 2006
There will probably never be a marriage between a great movie and a great album, but I'm glad they keep trying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 30, 2006
I'm not sure who this was made for, but I thank God -- along with Messrs. Barber, Benjamin and Patton -- that somebody made it at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Keith Breese
August 26, 2006
I was completely under Idlewild's spell. I tapped my feet the entire ride home.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dustin Putman
August 26, 2006
The genre-smashing Idlewild brings welcome new life to the familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
August 25, 2006
Pretty good for an August dump movie... It's kind of Moulin Rouge light... I don't know anything about music, let alone hip hop, but all of the songs are catchy and the choreography is wonderful.
Edward Havens
August 25, 2006
Like too many video directors turned filmmakers, Barber has forgotten having more than four minutes to tell a story does not mean take your sweet time getting to the point.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cynthia Fuchs
August 25, 2006
Bryan Barber's first feature also tweaks gangster movie conventions with brilliant choreography, hip-hop beats, and inventive images.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 25, 2006
Comic, dramatic, highly conceptual and all great fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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