Hairspray Reviews

  • Hairspray is a fizzy and delirious high-camp message-movie musical that may just turn out to be the happiest movie of the summer.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • That Hairspray is good-hearted is no surprise. The surprise may be that this Hairspray, stuffed with shiny showstoppers, is actually good.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Hairspray looks like it's sending up the straight, heterosexual world, but it also resembles a big, brightly coloured closet which declines to reveal its contents.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • It's hard to keep a smile off your face and your toes from tapping during this unpretentious and spirited adaptation of the stage musical by director/choreographer Adam Shankman.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The real star of this Hairspray is director-choreographer Adam Shankman.

    Peter Marks — Washington Post

  • Against all expectations, Hairspray turns out to be an explosion of industrial-strength good cheer, delivered by very smart show-biz pros with wit, passion, and a soupcon of dementia. Resistance is futile.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Adam Shankman's Hairspray is a great big sloppy kiss of entertainment for audiences weary of explosions, CGI effects and sequels, sequels, sequels.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • The movie is a throwback to MGM musicals of the '50s. But it's a giddy, unselfconscious throwback. That in itself is refreshing.

    Joanne Kaufman — Wall Street Journal

  • Marc Shaiman's peppy music conspires with Shankman's energized, retro-musical choreography to make for a giant cinematic grin -- a dimpled dental testament of faith in the powers of nice over nasty, tolerance over bigotry and aerosol over the ozone.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Hairspray is one of the most enjoyable translations of a Broadway musical to the big screen ever.

    Lawson Taitte — Dallas Morning News

  • Hairspray is an infectious aerosol comedy with nearly every hair in place.

    John Moore — Denver Post

  • Adam Shankman's movie of the Broadway Hairspray gets better as it lumbers along, but there's something garish about its hustle -- it's like an elephant trumpeting in your face.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • Hairspray is perfectly pleasant -- I smiled to myself all the way through it -- but it's not as exhilarating as the show.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Hairspray is just plain fun.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • As mile-high-wig musicals go, the film version of Hairspray is less polished but more fun than Dreamgirls. Both are drag revues at heart, one funny, the other serious. I prefer the funny one.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • With its wisecracking screenplay, period-perfect pop score, and Shankman's splashy choreography, this may be the funniest, dancingest screen musical since Singin' in the Rain.

    Albert Williams — Chicago Reader

  • This movie musical about the plus-sized white girl who shakes her way onto a segregated teen dance show and brings black high-schoolers with her is a laughing gas.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Hairspray is a playful, kitschy, sweet but snarky tribute to the era of sky-high bouffants, TV dance parties and desegregation.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Hairspray is a wondrously entertaining ball of spunky musical numbers, talent set free and fun, fun, fun, with just enough of a message to make it sizzle all the more. Don't miss it.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Only a die-hard grump could resist the giddy charms of Hairspray.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

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