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Idlewild Reviews

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.
August 28, 2006
You don't have to have a stylistic device in every single shot.
August 25, 2006
Shakespeare has been quoted many, many times over the past 400 or so years, but never to such empty purpose as in the inchoate, self-indulgent musical drama Idlewild
August 25, 2006
By jumbling genres, fashions, music and locales, and riddling bullets through much of it, Idlewild ends up feeling disjointed and disquieting.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
August 25, 2006
Comic, dramatic, highly conceptual and all great fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 25, 2006
Idlewild comes alive only during the production numbers, which look and feel more like music videos than music as storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 25, 2006
[The Outkast duo] are, as might be expected, terrific in the musical numbers and painfully self-conscious in the dramatic sequences.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2006
A misguided period-piece musical about gangsters, illegal 'hooch,' 'floozies' and music that is almost entirely unlike jazz.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 25, 2006
The OutKast epic Idlewild is an amazingly misguided film, a muddled attempt to create an old school Hollywood musical showcasing the unique hip-hop duo.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 25, 2006
It's basically a series of music videos -- a few quite good -- strung together over two long hours and loosely connected by a weak story line loaded with anachronisms.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 25, 2006
The first film from OutKast iconoclasts André Benjamin (André 3000) and Antwan A. Patton (Big Boi) has all the wit and creativity of their music videos. And here's the bad news: That makes it at least an hour too long.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 25, 2006
Idlewild doesn't exactly hang together, but its parts are something to behold.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
August 25, 2006
Idlewild is so eccentric it remains compellingly watchable.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2006
Those who do not succumb to the movie's fantasy will dismiss it as an extended music video. That's not an unfair criticism, but it doesn't make the film any less enjoyable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 25, 2006
Idlewild left me wanting to see more from everyone involved.
Read More | Original Score: B-
August 25, 2006
Welcome to Church, the speakeasy in the often vivacious, sometimes silly, musical Idlewild.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 25, 2006
Despite some visual sparkle and musical razzle-dazzle, Idlewild is a messy movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 25, 2006
In the end, the saddest thing about Idlewild is that all of the pieces were present for a very good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 25, 2006
A sludgy, badly photographed, poorly edited bungle whose musical numbers never pop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 25, 2006
Between the gangsters and the showgirls, the gorgeous costumes and the wowser production numbers, Idlewild has just about everything a popular entertainment can offer. It also has a soul, and that comes free with the price of a ticket.
August 25, 2006
It's a vehicle for OutKast's music and personality in which the music and lead roles feel like afterthoughts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 24, 2006
The joint doesn't jump in the OutKast musical Idlewild; it just twitches and stumbles.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 24, 2006
Idlewild is an engaging, original movie musical. It turns all sorts of pop cultural icons on their heads and delivers a smart commentary on race and class in 20th Century America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 24, 2006
A movie so oblivious to convention and structure that it seems like a Jackson Pollock splatter-painting, without the crucial 'genius' part.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 24, 2006
If, like me, you like OutKast just fine but staggered out of Moulin Rouge reeling from the quick-cut-induced nausea, you'll leave Idlewild tapping your toe and scratching your head at the same time.
August 24, 2006
There are enough qualities in Idlewild to make you believe not only in [director] Barber's potential, but in a fruitful marriage of hip-hop sensibility with the movie musical genre.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 24, 2006
In its best moments Idlewild connects with OutKast's weirdness. At its worst, the film trades in the very clichés about romance, redemption and music that listeners run to OutKast to avoid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 24, 2006
For all its shortcomings, Idlewild also has something that few films can pull off: Moments of such pure cinematic fabulousness, breathtaking dance sequences and idiosyncratic flourishes that we are more than willing to forgive it for all its sins.
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
August 24, 2006
As unlikely as it seems that the music segments would be the weakest parts of Idlewild, however, it's just as surprising that the rest of the movie stands up pretty well.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 24, 2006
Director Bryan Barber (known for his music videos) and his cast display so much gusto that it's hard to keep up your resistance -- I wound up finding this more enjoyable than the Oscar-bestrewn Chicago.
August 24, 2006
Idlewild is what it is, though you may never be quite sure what that 'is' is. Still, it's a professional-looking picture, filled with talented, likable performers who give it their best.
Read More | Original Score: B-
August 24, 2006
The film only rarely harnesses the power of the anachronistic, funk-driven, beat-heavy rap music that swells its soundtrack.
August 23, 2006
Idlewild is a romp, a ticket to rowdy good times.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 22, 2006
Idlewild has a sober, loving respect for history and the old South, and thereby grants itself a measure of distinction.
August 21, 2006
Odd but entertaining musical with a distinctly OutKast overcast.
August 21, 2006
[Idlewild] achieves magic -- something sorely missing from so many movies these days -- and does so via a philosophy of respect, but not reverence, for what's come before it; it never recycles, it just reimagines.
August 4, 2006
Idlewild can't decide if it's about bullets, booze, broads or the sound of hip-hop that the film strenuously tries to marry to the 1930s.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4