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Glee Live! In Concert! Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

Thanks, auto-tune... Read full review

3.0

Grae Drake Profile

A cavalcade of glittery whimsy. Read full review

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

  • 3.0
    48

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    As for the concert itself, it's a generically big, loud, overchoreographed, over-mic'ed, post-Madonna production.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Glee the TV show has become a cult phenom with three essential ingredients: whip-smart kids, adult-sized issues, all blended to sugary pop tunes. About a third of those components made it into Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    A blatant commodity designed to illustrate what a splendid influence the hit television show has been on the world at large, if the series' creators don't mind saying so themselves.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

"Greatest hits" show is tame enough for tween Gleeks.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this 3D concert musical -- which features the cast of Fox's hit show Glee performing their most popular song covers, with additional interview footage of three of their biggest fans -- is much tamer than the TV show. The series routinely deals with heavy/edgy material, but the movie is more like a "greatest hits" of the stars' performances, so there's nothing particularly questionable except for Brittany's racy rendition of Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4U." The interviews with the fans discuss issues about being "different" in high school (being gay, a little person, autistic, etc.).

  • Families can talk about how most of the TV show's fans say they see themselves in various characters. What is the show's message about diversity and tolerance?
  • What does Glee teach about bullying and stereotyping? How do the characters represent various "types"?
  • Do you think this movie (and the concert itself) is intended to appeal to a different audience/age group than the TV show?

The good stuff
  • message true4

    Messages: Because the movie demonstrates how fans have taken Glee's messages to heart, it's a powerful testimony to why teens should celebrate diversity and accept and respect people no matter what they look like or whom they love. The concert movie, like the show, emphasizes the idea that we're all "losers" and everyone has something that makes them "different," whether it's Artie being in the wheelchair, Curt being gay, Mercedes black, Zizes large, etc. The real-life fans include a little person who's also a cheerleader, a young gay guy, and a young woman with Asperger's.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: The Glee kids all have flaws, but each is a role model in his/her own way. In this concert movie, the role models are the real teens who show audiences that we've all got issues to deal with and obstacles to overcome, so there's no reason to be a bully.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false1

    Sex: Dressed in bikini-style outfit, Brittany does a sexy dance routine to Britney Spears' song "I'm a Slave 4U." Real fans say they like certain characters because they are "hot." Brittany makes a joke that her "boobs" will look "awesome" in 3D.

  • language false1

    Language: Very sparing use of words like "boobs," "hell," "damn," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: The entire movie is a pitch for how wonderful Glee is, of course, but the connection to real fans and how the show has made it difference in their lives makes it more than just a big commercial.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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