Jem and the Holograms

Jem and the Holograms

Jem and the Holograms

Jem is excitement, Jem is adventure. Glamour and glitter, fashion and fame. Jem is my name, no one else the same, Jem is my name. Jon Chu, the director of two Step Up's and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (another Hasbro property), brings the '80s animated show to the silver screen with this live-action adaptation. Story follows orphaned teenager Jem whose secret persona as a glam rocker becomes an online music sensation. Jem will be played by Aubrey Peeples, co-stars Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald.

2015118 minsUSA
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Jem and the Holograms / Reviews

Variety

Variety

The film seems inexplicably embarrassed by its roots, instead serving up half-baked and self-consciously contemporary drama that no one in the sure-to-be minimal theatrical audience will remember quite so fondly some 30 years on.

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Time Out

Time Out

Every line, every twist and every note of music feels painstakingly focus-grouped.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It seems to be merely tossing ideas into the pot that it thinks might appeal to 9-year-olds.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

This movie sure means well, and it's just entertaining enough to (slightly) slip off the shackles of the great cultural conformity factory it ultimately represents.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

In revisiting the pop rock quest of a multiracial group of adopted sisters in suburban California, Chu has made a stylish and self-aware musical fantasy for the YouTube generation.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

A highly flawed, occasionally dumb, but fascinating blast of neon, revisionist girl power, and social media wanderlust.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Not being part of the generation that watched the show, I can't vouch for its merits. But it's safe to say that it must be miles ahead of this wan, bloated screen version which forgoes the original's sci-fi and thriller aspects.

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