Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls

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Dreamgirls

A screen adaptation from the hit Broadway musical (1981), 'Dreamgirls' follows the rise of a trio of women - Effie ('American Idol' reject turned Golden Globe winner Hudson), Deena (Knowles) and Lorrell (Rose) - who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes in 60s USA. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Foxx), who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime.

That opportunity is to sing back up for the legendaryr James 'Thunder' Early (played by Eddie Murphy doing James-Brown-styles, ala his brilliant 80s stand-up). When they get a chance to fly solo and their stars sour, internal rivalries test the girl's friendship.

Winner of the Best Supporting Actress (Hudson) Award at the 2007 Academy Awards | Golden Globe winner for Best Film (Musical or Comedy), Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy), and Supporting Actress (Hudson)
2007Rating: M, contains drug references130 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

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Finally. After "The Phantom of the Opera," "Rent" and "The Producers" botched the transfer from stage to screen, Dreamgirls gets it right. Bill Condon's adaptation of the 1981 show about a Motown trio's climb to crossover stardom pulls off the fundamental double-act those three musical pics all missed: It stays true to the source material while standing on its own as a fully reimagined movie...

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

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The sigh you will hear across the country in the next few weeks is the sound of a gratified audience: a great movie musical has been made at last...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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If there is a disappointment, it is this: The anticipation may have exceeded the realization. It's a damn good commercial movie, but it is not the film that will revive the musical or win over the world...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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The film has strong roles, good actors and a compelling story ... But it has, with only a couple of exceptions, a pedestrian score that sounds like generic show-music schlock and lyrics that are not distinctive...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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This baby dazzles like nothing else anywhere...

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Dreamgirls is the entire musical package, a triumph of old school on-screen glamour, and we wouldn't want it any other way...

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Film Threat

Film Threat

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Dreamgirls is a better musical than "Chicago" or "Rent," but then, that isn't really saying much...

2.0
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I would have walked out, but my ride was enjoying the movie. (note to self: reconsider my relationship with 'my ride') This movie, did not do anything for me, even jamie foxx seemed flattened and hollow... something of an anti-achievement by the director. At the start, it has possible promise, that goes nowhere. The plot thins to a clear broth...

1.0
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This film had all the ingredients to make it great, unfortunately it never reached it's potential. Sounds like a school report trying to put into politically correct language that the film was um rubbish. Dreamgirls is set in the 1960's and 70's black American music scene a la Motown Records. Following the rise and demise of the girl trio the...

2.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Finally. After "The Phantom of the Opera," "Rent" and "The Producers" botched the transfer from stage to screen, Dreamgirls gets it right. Bill Condon's adaptation of the 1981 show about a Motown trio's climb to crossover stardom pulls off the fundamental double-act those three musical pics all missed: It stays true to the source material while standing on its own as a fully reimagined movie...

0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

The sigh you will hear across the country in the next few weeks is the sound of a gratified audience: a great movie musical has been made at last...

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

If there is a disappointment, it is this: The anticipation may have exceeded the realization. It's a damn good commercial movie, but it is not the film that will revive the musical or win over the world...

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

The film has strong roles, good actors and a compelling story ... But it has, with only a couple of exceptions, a pedestrian score that sounds like generic show-music schlock and lyrics that are not distinctive...

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This baby dazzles like nothing else anywhere...

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Dreamgirls is the entire musical package, a triumph of old school on-screen glamour, and we wouldn't want it any other way...

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Dreamgirls is a better musical than "Chicago" or "Rent," but then, that isn't really saying much...

2.0
0

I would have walked out, but my ride was enjoying the movie. (note to self: reconsider my relationship with 'my ride') This movie, did not do anything for me, even jamie foxx seemed flattened and hollow... something of an anti-achievement by the director. At the start, it has possible promise, that goes nowhere. The plot thins to a clear broth...

1.0
0

This film had all the ingredients to make it great, unfortunately it never reached it's potential. Sounds like a school report trying to put into politically correct language that the film was um rubbish. Dreamgirls is set in the 1960's and 70's black American music scene a la Motown Records. Following the rise and demise of the girl trio the...

2.0
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