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Idlewild Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
August 25, 2006
At once magical and a mess, this musical marks a bold first foray into cinema for hip-hop duo OutKast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 25, 2006
A misguided period-piece musical about gangsters, illegal 'hooch,' 'floozies' and music that is almost entirely unlike jazz.
| Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 24, 2006
There's nothing compelling about the characters or story, and that maroons Idlewild within the category of disposable entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
August 25, 2006
Sharp costuming and set design can't disguise this two-hour music video from OutKast.
| Original Score: 2/5
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
August 25, 2006
A thin sprinkling of exuberance and a couple of choice cameos, that's about all this underwritten and overly choreographed spectacle has to tease us with.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
Its hodgepodge plot only heightens its stale smell
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 25, 2006
OutKast's much-ballyhooed Prohibition-era musical is a dense, confusing jumble of old-school and new-school, gangster and gangsta, that never pauses long enough to tell a cogent story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
August 22, 2006
A disjointed period crime drama that may try the patience of even [Outkast's] most diehard fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 28, 2006
You don't have to have a stylistic device in every single shot.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 18, 2006
A middling musical mishmash that can't keep a beat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 24, 2006
You wouldn't think a musical would suffer from a lack of music, but here we are.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online
August 25, 2006
This may be one of those cases in which the soundtrack is better than the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 24, 2006
The joint doesn't jump in the OutKast musical Idlewild; it just twitches and stumbles.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
August 25, 2006
After a recent viewing, I can see why the studio showed little interest in releasing it: this film is one screeching, mystifying, overdirected, hot mess.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 25, 2006
A series of pretty-good pop videos wrapped around a confusing tale of Chitlin' Circuit striving and conniving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 25, 2006
By jumbling genres, fashions, music and locales, and riddling bullets through much of it, Idlewild ends up feeling disjointed and disquieting.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
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.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
August 24, 2006
Sorry, Ms. Jackson. The Outkast movie stanks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
October 13, 2006
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 14, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 26, 2006

Baltimore Sun
August 26, 2006

Irish Times
January 5, 2007
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