“Go Watch It And Try Not To Tap Your Feet Or Rock Your Body!”
Even Gleeks who love to watch seasoned showbiz belters pretend to be high school kids on the hit TV series Glee may wince at the cheesy marketing angle of Glee the 3D Concert Movie.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
It strains to celebrate diversity and individualism, while its processed music exemplifies strict corporate teamwork.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
The set is big, cheap and nasty. The cast are as choreographed behind-the-scenes as on stage.
Henry Barnes - Guardian [UK]
Even as a concert movie, there are some stumbles.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
[It] would have worked just as well as a heavily promoted special television event broadcast over Thanksgiving weekend.
Jen Chaney - Washington Post
"Glee: The 3D Concert Movie'' is as normal as spin-offs aimed at your wallet get, which is to say it's substandard in most departments.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Following in the live-film footsteps of Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie transposes its flash-in-the-pan teen-pop phenomenon to three-dimensions with mundane, for-fans-only results.
Nick Schager - Village Voice
There's something a little off about a stage show that features well-paid actors reenacting "loser" characters [that] fans take to heart, before leaving in what were surely limos and jets.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The layers of artifice are many, but they always are; the original show has never aspired to be anything but a cheeky, tuneful and multicultural spin on hoary high school stereotypes.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Even the totally Gleeked-out, most ardent fans of Fox's hit television show Glee may find that the franchise's latest endeavor leaves little to sing about.
Joy Tipping - Dallas Morning News
The movie makes a strong argument for the tender paradox of pop-culture adoration. It's an affection that feels wholly personal, but is shared with millions.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
The title promises a concert movie, in 3-D, based on the show Glee, and the film delivers precisely that, in a way that I believe is sure to overjoy fans of the show.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
The Fox TV phenomenon is the Lewis & Clark of discovering new revenue streams. And this big-screen iteration is just as buoyant and bright-eyed as the rest of the franchise.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
You get the feeling that you're actually there, with the best seat in the house.
Jessica Bakeman - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The 3D Concert Movie is by and large for Gleeks only.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
It's entertaining at face value, but they never let it be just that.
Ed Masley - Arizona Republic
Even the uninitiated could do a lot worse than this 80-minute musical valentine to the outsider in us all.
Lael Loewenstein - Variety
One of the many self-actualized real-life Gleeks featured in "Glee: The 3-D Concert Movie" tells the audience, "Be proud of yourself. Don't be afraid. Stand up for what you believe in." OK. I stand for hating "Glee."
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Haters, head for the door. But Gleeks? Get your "Glee" on.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Don't be puzzled; just go with it -- that's the Glee spirit.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
A high-school talent show, no doubt, but, at its best, well worth glorifying.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Sprinkles only a few highlights of real musical talent through an otherwise blatant pat-on-the-back montage.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Is it calculated? For sure. But it does what it needs to do to please its target audience. Everyone else may as well surrender to the juggernaut.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
I'm calling bullsh** on this 3D concert movie. The movie plays like an evangelical prayer meeting, though I'd hold the hallelujahs.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The 3-D ... is negligibly bedazzling when the high-wattage charm of natural showman Darren Criss - leading all-male group the Warblers as Blaine - and the effortlessly appealing Chris Colfer as Kurt already pop off the screen.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
An orgiastic celebration of Glee concocted by its own creators...sort of like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but with more hot air. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
The Glee gang puts on a respectable show . . . and an exciting, inspirational, and allusion-filled one, if you're a fan.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Time to get your Gleek on! If you understand that sentence, you'll probably want to see this show. If you're scratching your head, maybe it's time you became acquainted with a television series that's a bona fide phenomenon.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
The kids from Glee take to the concert stage in Glee 3D Concert Movie, singing and dancing and smiling to beat the band.
Cynthia Fuchs - Time to Play Magazine
Glee leaps past antiseptic politeness or political correctness-it's got its crosshairs on self-acceptance and personal pride, and the film proves the agenda is working.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
There could be worse things than seeing this film again: experiencing extraordinary rendition in the company of Dick Cheney, for instance.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Hardcore Gleeks will probably thrill at this 3-D concert film, but the more casual viewer, drawn to the Fox TV show's snarky and sweet storylines and its campy aesthetic, won't find much to chew on here.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
I'm afraid my heart wasn't warmed by their tales of personal growth, and I can't forgive the cast for what they did to that Journey song.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Fans of the television series may be more uplifted than this carping critic.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
The zing of the performances and choreography pull it through, and it's hard not to emerge on a sherbety high.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
I found the film insufferable.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
... even those who resist the show's charms may have a good time.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
It may lack storytelling ambition, but as an exercise in toe-tapping entertainment it gets the job done.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
Be still Glee-ful hearts, as this concert doc packs all the energy of the small screen show and makes it... bigger.
Katie Columbus - Sky Movies
The Glee phenomenon hits the big screen with this oddly conceived movie, which documents the social phenomenon but reveals nothing about the series or actors beyond the songs they sing.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
If you're a lover of the series, this is your summer cherry. If you're a hater or apathetic (I'm apathetic plus), it's first-rate fluff.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
Unless you're the rare 'Glee' fan who fast-forwards through the singing, 'Glee: The Concert Movie' won't fail to entertain.
Sarah Cohen - Time Out
Cynical, prepackaged and naggingly problematic cash-in exercise that earns points for perkiness but won't win over non-fans and may leave some die hard Gleeks feeling short-changed.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
From the matter-of-fact title to the slushie-drenched end credit crawl, it doesn't pretend to be for anyone but viewers of television series.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The perfect concert movie - lots of songs, an interesting side story, and the actors stay in character all the way through the film
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
This movie almost makes me ashamed to be a Gleek. When did Glee become pretentious, pompous and preachy?
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Fake and emotionally manipulative, it's aimed specifically at fanatic Gleeks.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate