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September 11, 2017
... Precious is a true story of survival and hope and not to be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 23, 2017
If you are going to bring a victim of this magnitude to the screen, give her history the treatment it deserves, ie good direction or at the very least some proper editing to serve as an emotional sat-nav.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 7, 2015
It's amazing how the film turns out to be infinitely moving in spite of Mr. Daniels's stylistic self-destruct.
February 3, 2013
Its flaws are more so of the executional than the conceptual kind, the whole more than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 3, 2012
The bottom line is that you've never seen anything quite like this -- in its highs, its lows, its gaffes, its embarrassments or its uplift.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 4, 2011
The remarkable Sidibe is one of several daring casting choices by director Lee Daniels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 4, 2011
It is a classical tragedy in the Greek sense, and runs its characters (and viewers) through a wringer of pity and terror on the way to its devastating catharsis.
April 4, 2011
It's a deeply heart-busting story about finding self-realization.
April 4, 2011
Sidibe's Susan Boyle moment of misdirected public pity notwithstanding, hers is a rare and welcome presence in American independent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 4, 2011
The story's world is stacked against Precious, and the movie's marketing engine is stacked against Sidibe, but in some ways those structures explain why we're hearing about this young woman in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.8/10
April 4, 2011
While Mo'Nique's performance is the barnburner, it is Sidibe and her classmates who resonate, who inhabit a world outside of themselves and their wretched fiefdoms.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
April 4, 2011
While Precious certainly looks the part of the powerful award-worthy drama, it does very little to convince the audience that it actually is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 4, 2011
It's probably one of the most important films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
April 4, 2011
A powerful, deeply moving film that drives an arrow straight through your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 4, 2011
Gabourey Sidibe plays the title character and if she wasn't an actor before this, she sure is now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 3, 2011
Mo'Nique isn't just a box-office draw here, she is a snarling, disaffected she-demon...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 2, 2011
Precious is an emotional powerhouse, a triumph of bruising humor and bracing hope that deserves its place among the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 21, 2010
Precious ... [achieves] moments of haunting, devastating power, yet too often [lapses] into laughably ridiculous melodrama ... Precious is no easy ride. As far as harrowing films go, it makes The Road seem like The Wiz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 4, 2010
This isn't The Biggest Loser, where self-esteem is measures in kilos, but this is in fact a film about a teacher nurturing a young woman's mind and soul, carrying the torch of films like To Sir With Love, Stand and Deliver, and Dangerous Minds.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
April 14, 2010
Sidibe fearlessly embodies a member of society that deserves recognition. Illiteracy, obesity and abuse are tragic and uncomfortable realities that Precious goes a long way to demystify.
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