Metacritic Movie Ratings
Hairspray Reviews

5.0

81

out of 100

Metascore®
Universal acclaim
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    John Travolta may stand out as a plus-size laundress who is hesitant, drab and retiring, but Hairspray is a consistently flashy, rousing and rambunctious movie spectacle.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterMichael Rechtshaffen

    John Travolta takes on John Waters in Hairspray, and the result is anything but a drag in this appealingly goofy, all-singing, all-dancing screen adaptation of the Broadway musical based on the 1988 film.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    In the musical numbers, where by rights Mr. Travolta should shine, he's almost out-danced and certainly out-charmed by Edna's better half, Wilbur (Christopher Walken), who is one of the movie's great assets, an oasis of calm amid the twisting and shouting.

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