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Dreamgirls Review Critics


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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    She's (Jennifer Hudson) the best part of the show by far, but the writer-director Bill Condon, who wrote the screenplay for "Chicago" four years ago, has done the original "Dreamgirls" proud without solving its dramatic problems.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    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.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    If there is a disappointment, it is this: The anticipation may have exceeded the realization. It's a damn good commercial movie, but it is not the film that will revive the musical or win over the world.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Broadway + Beyoncé = big, boomy musical fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that tweens and teens who like musicals, American Idol, and Beyoncé will be eager to see this much-hyped Broadway adaptation. Several scenes of drug abuse are used to symbolically link excessiveness, addiction, and depression in "show business." Images include snorting lines of cocaine and smoking marijuana. Characters also drink heavily (often to drunkenness and sometimes hidden from others), smoke cigarettes, argue loudly, and engage in a fight or two. Some relatively mild -- but quite colorful -- language (mostly, several uses of "s--t" and "hell").

  • Families can talk about the film's messages about the entertainment industry. How do the characters change when fame arrives? How does the movie link drug use with the difficulties of the music business?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Rise, fall, and rise again of a girl group, as individuals and a unit; ambitious, naive, and eventually cynical though wiser, they lie and betray one another and rediscover hope and generosity in the end.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Characters argue vehemently; brief fighting.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Characters appear in underwear and skimpy stage clothing; sexual seductions are made via song; very sensuous dancing and some suggestive lyrics (e.g., "We only have till dawn"); some kissing and embracing (in dramatic silhouette); child born out of wedlock.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes repeated uses of "s--t," a couple of "hell"s, a couple of angry, dramatic exclamations ("No f--kin' bulls--t!" and "You can't even take a s--t without me wiping your ass"); period use of "negro."

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: To indicate the dangers of the "entertainment industry," the film shows lots of cigar/cigarette smoking, drinking (hard liquor at parties, sometimes from hidden flasks, suggesting addiction, and often to the point of drunkenness), and taking drugs (marijuana, cocaine).