Dreamgirls Reviews

  • Dreamgirls is the rare movie musical with real rapture in it.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Audiences who go to Dreamgirls will have a good time, but theyll be going for old times sake rather than to encounter anything vital or new.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • There is no single person or story to centre the drama around, and Murphy's performance, though widely liked and indeed now Oscar-nominated, is for my money flatly written with very little of the high comedy octane of which we know he is capable.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Jennifer Hudson is the heart and soul of Dreamgirls. When she's on the screen, the movie shines. When she's not, the whole endeavor suffers.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Any director hoping to capture racism, catfights, and urban decay with music this square, and filmmaking this haphazard, is a fool.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • With a star turn like [Jennifer Hudson's] at its center, a movie doesn't need too much more, but Dreamgirls has plenty to go around.

    Scott Foundas — Village Voice

  • When she sings 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going' -- one of the most heartfelt cries of pain ever written for a musical -- Hudson inscribes her name on an Oscar.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • When Jennifer Hudson sings, all's right with the world.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Joy is defined as Dreamgirls, an ecstatic dose of pure top-down Motown tight-harmony effervescence that takes a hit Broadway musical about a Chicago girl group and turns it, miraculously, into a Hollywood delight.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Dreamgirls sizzles most of the time, giving us a slightly Broadway-ized look at an important part of the history of American pop music.

    Lawson Taitte — Dallas Morning News

  • It's fun. It's candy. With colorful costumes, often effervescent tunes (the original production's Henry Krieger wrote four new ones), it's a champagne cocktail.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • There's so much excitement around the opening of Dreamgirls... that I know I'm going to bring down the room by saying I think it's just okay. Well, Jennifer Hudson is more than okay.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • Fulfills the ecstatic promise inherent in all musicals -- that life can be dissolved into song and dance -- but it does so without relinquishing the toughest estimate of how money and power work in the real world that song and dance leave behind.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • As much as I appreciated the performances from the terrifically talented cast -- as much as I liked Dreamgirls -- I didn't love it. Maybe it was just a little too slick and over the top for its own good.

    Richard Roeper — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Condon knew what he wanted, and got it: a smooth, shiny showbiz fable.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Elegiac, filthy-minded, unsparing, and as deeply moving as you'd expect from any de facto story of Peter O'Toole's life.

    Albert Williams — Chicago Reader

  • Bill Condon's screen adaptation of the 1981 Broadway sensation is, if possible, as dazzling and energizing as its source.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • If what you value in a movie musical is visual extravagance and a show-stopping performance or two, Dreamgirls will leave you with a feeling of absurd, unreasoning happiness.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Dreamgirls is a knockout, no two ways about it, a sizzling adaptation of the successful Broadway musical that is bound to leave audiences howling with pleasure.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

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