Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Reviews

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January 17, 2018
The performances of Sidibe and Mo'Nique are extraordinary and spellbinding.
April 4, 2011
The remarkable Sidibe is one of several daring casting choices by director Lee Daniels.
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.
February 2, 2010
A film full of life and love, well-meaning and, judging by the reaction in the US, a genuine and important phenomenon that says act - don't dwell - on your dreams.
February 2, 2010
Precious is a big-screen "misery memoir" that is so keen to trace the hellish pathology of familial abuse that it risks glorifying its own subject, or at least shooting it with horror-movie verve.
February 2, 2010
It isn't the transcendent masterpiece that some admirers would have you believe: more like a black-comic nightmare that isn't exactly supposed to be funny. It's certainly arresting, though.
February 2, 2010
Employing a suitably chiaroscuro film language to balance the emotional extremes of the subject matter, his vision is a lively composite of urban nightmare and garish escapism.
February 2, 2010
If the director sometimes takes a sledgehammer to crack a nut, then all will be forgiven as you watch the story of Precious unfold.
November 24, 2009
Avoiding the conventional tricks of lifting an audience up, the movie looks into this girl's wide, brown face and her bleak little life and sees, despite everything, a reason to live.
November 20, 2009
If you do watch -- and you certainly should -- you will see one of the most remarkable performances ever set to film, given by Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe.
November 20, 2009
It melodramatizes everything and yet its overall effect is something more than melodrama.
November 20, 2009
Mo'Nique plunges headfirst into a moral abyss that makes her frightening.
November 20, 2009
The picture painted by director Lee Daniels is almost unbearably bleak, but it feels completely honest. It's indeed relentless, but also transfixing and ultimately transformative.
November 19, 2009
No, Precious is not an easy sit, and isn't meant to be. But it's a film of remarkable strength and poignancy, filled with vivid performances that stay with you long after you've left the theater.
November 19, 2009
You can feel Daniels struggling to trust his mighty goddesses to carry the film. (He wedges in shots of boiling pigs feet to make sure we're queasy.)
November 19, 2009
Precious stacks the deck so high against its protagonist that in almost any other movie, she would come off as a helpless victim.
November 18, 2009
Director Lee Daniels takes us on a journey -- letting us look down our noses at this misshapen lump of a girl with contempt and pity. But Sidibe plays shadings of strength underneath that eventually win our grudging respect.
November 13, 2009
What a triumph of a film.
November 13, 2009
The real star of this show is director Lee Daniels. He's the one who conjures the film's eerie mix of kitchen-sink realism and gothic symbolism, its deft back-and-forth between the horrific and the sublime.
November 13, 2009
[I]f Precious has a crucial flaw, it is that it is at once too bleak and too hopeful in its closing scenes: too bleak in the history it unearths, and too hopeful that the mere fact of the unearthing will make that history go away.
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