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Jason Zingale
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
Fernando F. Croce
December 8, 2009
Sledgehammer hogwash of the shrillest kind
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 28, 2009
Daniels and screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher pile tribulations onto their protagonist not to inform but merely to exploit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
November 19, 2009
It's a shame that Daniels is so unconvincing in his execution, because the performances mostly go for broke and there does seem to be a nugget of courage to Fletcher's screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Prairie Miller
November 2, 2009
Baby Mama Dearest minus the coat hangers and Hollywood mansion, this bad parenting horror movie boasts exceptional performances, but is social pornography at its worst, festering in racial self-loathing and oblivious to a system that ignores its neediest.
Peter Sobczynski
November 5, 2009
So overdone that at a certain point,it begins to resemble one of those demented and depraved melodramatic satires that John Waters used to specialize in back in the days before "Hairspray" made him respectable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 2, 2010
It's enough to make you cry. Equally, it might make you laugh. Daniels is a director who would find it hard to imagine puddings can be over-egged, or that Monty Python's 'We're So Poor' sketch was meant to be funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 5, 2009
The whole thing begins to feel like The Color Purple as rewritten for a poetry slam, heaping on the abuse like a horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 4, 2009
Given the months-long hype, what's most bewildering about Sundance sensation Precious is its overall shrug-worthiness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
January 31, 2010
Daniels employs a throw everything at the wall to see what sticks directorial style that makes Precious compelling viewing, but predictably, his shotgun approach lacks focus.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 6, 2009
The girl's story is almost unbearably painful, and when Precious finally reclaims her dignity and self-worth, her accomplishment seems genuinely heroic.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 1, 2009
One for the Stuff White People Like canon, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire is an impeccably acted piece of trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kevin A. Ranson
January 10, 2010
... why would you intentionally take a subject this difficult to show and make it into a film this difficult to watch?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 2, 2009
Daniels does everything to hold the melodrama at bay, but there's only so much he can do.
Armond White
New York Press
November 4, 2009
Winfrey, Perry and Daniels make an unholy triumvirate. They come together at some intersection of race exploitation and opportunism.
Cynthia Fuchs
November 19, 2009
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire is concerned with lasting effects of poverty -- on individuals and especially, on communities.
Louis Proyect
December 24, 2009
The most hateful presentation of a Black character (the mother) that I have seen in a movie since "Gone with the Wind".
Jonathan Romney
Independent on Sunday
February 2, 2010
Precious is part pamphlet, part dramatised talk-show therapy - and to be fair, it's honest about its intentions. But as cinema, it's just really bad, strident pulp.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
February 2, 2010
There is a thin line between compassion and voyeurism; soul-searing drama and overwrought melodrama; opera and Oprah. This film tramples all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
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
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