Burlesque Reviews

  • Maybe Burlesque will serve as the imitation goods that spurs a consumer revolution for something more authentic. Aw, who am I kidding? It won't.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • A movie that quickly proves achingly dull, with none of the madness, verve or talent of Paul Verhoeven's "Showgirls" or even the workmanlike energy of Rob Marshall's "Chicago."

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Tucci is great and underused, and Cher acquits herself nicely in her first film role in seven years. But writer/director Steve Antin has his stars sashaying between dance numbers with little narrative thread.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • This corny guilty pleasure of a movie is a fitting two-hander for these seasoned pros.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • It's entertaining enough, like watching a celebrity workout film with a plot. But never once is it believable. Really, the movie should last 30 seconds.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Instead of leading with what Aguilera does best -- belting, vamping, spotlight hogging -- the movie shoehorns her into a rehashed backstage musical conceit.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • Two hours of recycled plots and plastic acting.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • If I seem fixated on appearances here, what can I tell you; there isn't much else here on which to fixate one's attention.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Has the glitz and allure of a Victoria's Secret ad. What it doesn't have is an imaginative reinvention of the show-biz cliches that have so adamantly inspired it.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • It's more hallucination than story, but hey, If you think of it as a slightly deranged long music video divathon it can be a lot of fun.

    Nell Minow — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The choicest dialogue in Burlesque provokes the sort of laughter that other, intentionally funny films only dream of generating.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Even the dances feel cozily dated, as choreographers Denise Faye and Joey Pizzi borrow liberally from Bob Fosse.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • Burlesque is a preposterous and intermittently entertaining lesson in how to make a movie musical with a little brains and a lot of talent.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Not as bad as "Showgirls" but not nearly as good as "Chicago," "Burlesque" hits its marks and high-kicks its way offstage just before it gets the hook.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Every Thanksgiving needs a turkey, and this year's comes wrapped in a lacy bustier.

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • I's not interesting enough to be a disaster.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • This one is strictly for Cher fans who like their campy shtick loud, lewd and ludicrous. But the biggest problem among many is that it's not her movie. She's hardly in it.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • An overwrought, underwritten hootchy-kootchy tuner that desperately wants to be Cabaret, but lacks the edge and historical context to pull it off.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • Aguilera can dance like nobody's business, but her acting debut isn't going to keep Anne Hathaway awake at night.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • It's more corny than campy and more silly than sexy, much more's the pity. No one could say that Aguilera doesn't give it her all, though. This is her first real acting assignment, and by God, she's going to act.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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