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Burlesque Review Critics


Dave White Profile

A musical about real estate. Seriously. Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

Cabaret + Coyote Ugly + Xtina = Burlesque! Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 20

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Basically a theme-park version of a tawdry tradition.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Earnestly ersatz down to every spangle, dance move, plot turn, and line of hokum dialogue, Burlesque is a showbiz pic for these American Idol times - a time when we agree to pretend that mediocre mimicry of better artists is good enough to keep us entertained. We agree to pretend that quality is in the eye and ear of the undemanding beholder.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    It bristles with exuberant numbers that strain beneath the weight of cliché.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Women will love this, and men won't mind the eye candy either, so it looks like this Screen Gems release can't help becoming a hit.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Sexy musical is forgettable despite talented stars.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that singers Cher and Christina Aguilera star in this fairly sexy musical, which has lots of suggestive dancing and skimpy costumes, as well as a scene with a naked male backside, some kissing, and some under-covers snuggling. There's also some swearing (including "s--t" and one use of "f--k") and drinking (including a scene in which a character drives under the influence). But underlying all of the racy stuff are feel-good messages about small-town girls making good, nice guys finishing first, and being anything you want to be if you try.

  • Families can talk about the art of burlesque. Does the film really explain what it is? How does it incorporate sexuality?
  • How does this movie compare to other musicals, both recent and long past?
  • What is it about the big city that beckons, at least in the movies, to small-town characters? What do they have that small towns apparently don't? Do you think the media accurately portrays the difference between the two?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Amid the showy dancing and soapy drama are some positive messages: for example, that the road to success doesn't necessarily need to be paved by the flattened souls you tread on while clambering to the top. Plus hard work trumps the easy way out, and loyalty matters.

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    Role models: Although many of the characters are broad caricatures, a few have more complexity. For instance, Ali and Tess both want to make the most of their talent without stepping on anyone else's toes. Their determination and dogged work ethic help them reach their goals.

What to watch for
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    Violence: After a drunk woman insults her mentor, she's paid back by having a tire iron swung at her car window.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Lots of scenes of burlesque performers dancing suggestively in barely there costumes. A man walks around naked -- his backside is briefly visible -- to pique the interest of a woman he likes (even though he's still somewhat attached to his long-distance girlfriend). They're shown kissing and lounging in bed under covers. Some references to a passionate one-night stand between friends. A character picks up a DJ at a party.

  • language false3

    Language: Some swearing, including "ass," "bitch," "s--t," "prick," "a--hole," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "crap," "oh my God," and one use of "f--k."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking at a nightclub. A dancer shows up at work drunk and is shown a few times trying to sneak a drink. Later, she drives while under the influence. A man gets sloshed at a party.