Jem and the Holograms Reviews

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January 20, 2016
Utterly implausible on every level, and ultimately rather insulting: a bit of glitter and lots of hugs are the sum total of its 'girl power.'
November 29, 2015
It's hard to imagine a movie this year more sadistically boring and bland...
November 9, 2015
For a movie about someone learning to come out of their shell, Jem and the Holograms is utterly confounding about what it even means to be authentic.
November 5, 2015
...a shallow, glittery girly-girl fantasy that, unless you have a high tolerance of cute and the ability to laugh at how stupid this whole thing is, may make you put your head through a wall.
October 30, 2015
The movie is trite, cheap and shoddy, designed to be watched on an iPhone instead of in a theater-plus, there's no way this assortment of bland nice-girls would ever become superstars. Not even on YouTube.
October 29, 2015
Sure, Peeples has a nice (if unmemorable) voice, but the vapid storyline with fantastic overtones transports Jem and the Holograms into another dimension, one that's utterly flat.
October 29, 2015
Jon M. Chu's weaksauce adaptation of the 1980s Hasbro toy turned cartoon not only fails resoundingly as a film, it also fails as a nostalgia piece -- which, honestly, might be the greater sin in today's pop cultureverse.
October 28, 2015
How can a dressup party with this much glitter makeup and hair dye preach the importance of being the real you?
October 27, 2015
Everything about Jem and the Holograms seems specifically designed to be annoying. The film is deeply misguided and not half as clever as it thinks it is.
October 27, 2015
Though there are some light sci-fi elements, the story remains largely grounded and based in the real world, focusing on the characters rather than the spectacle.
October 24, 2015
'Jem' has less in common with its neon-drenched '80s source material than with the real-life Internet-to-red-carpet trajectory of Justin Bieber - a similarly generic teen idol with moves dully modeled on superior artistic predecessors.
October 24, 2015
In the end, this awful movie is an adaptation of the cartoon about as much as Steven Spielberg's Jaws was an adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.
October 24, 2015
As silly and sometimes nonsensical as it is, the movie is surprisingly sweet and well-intentioned.
October 23, 2015
The music is peppy enough, but the spoken dialogue feels like it was written with emoticons.
October 23, 2015
A predictable, drawn-out and cheesy story about remaining true to yourself in the face of pressures to sell out.
October 23, 2015
A magpie would make right away with this thing: it's shiny, it's colorful and it's very lightweight. But it's got a message that the girls who will watch it can't hear enough: be yourself.
October 23, 2015
What good intentions Jem and the Holograms has are weighed down by its cheap aesthetic and thinly-drawn storyline.
October 23, 2015
Avoiding a true directorial challenge, Chu plays it dispiritingly safe, trying to make a cartoon about a cartoon that wants little to do with the original cartoon.
October 23, 2015
What it lacks in humor it makes up for in sheer weirdness -- it's a master class in How Did This Get Made? It feels focus-grouped to within an inch of its life, but it's so strange that it's impossible to imagine what process led us here.
October 23, 2015
Jem and the Holograms is a movie about sisterhood, which is cool, and to be honest it nails a kind of easy, natural interaction between its four characters, which is one saving grace, because the movie looks pretty cheap.
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