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Christina Aguilera makes her dramatic feature debut as Ali, a small-town singer who takes her shot at stardom performing at a neo-burlesque nightclub in Los Angeles. Situated in a regal old theater that's still dazzling despite having fallen into disrepair, The Burlesque Lounge is the kind of club where legends are born. When club owner Tess (Cher) hires charismatic Ali as a cocktail waitress, the ambitious big-city newcomer goes to great lengths to make a good impression. Taken under the wing of a friendly featured dancer (Julianne Hough), Ali quickly realizes that not everyone is quite… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even the dances feel cozily dated, as choreographers Denise Faye and Joey Pizzi borrow liberally from Bob Fosse."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Has the glitz and allure of a Victoria's Secret ad. What it doesn't have is an imaginative reinvention of the show-biz clichés that have so adamantly inspired it."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"It's totally ridiculous, utterly unbelievable and deliciously naughty as much as a PG-13 movie can be."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Welcome back, plotline of 1933; you haven't aged a bit."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Burlesque may be aiming for Cabaret-style glamour, but mostly it plays like stale cheese."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Burlesque manages what seemed impossible: It is filled with half-naked dancing girls, yet it's still boring."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"If you go to Burlesque expecting a campy hoot on the order of Showgirls, you may be in for a disappointment. It's not quite awful enough, although it's plenty bad."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"What Antin should take away from this experience is that it takes a lot more than a clichéd-filled story, some dancing, forgettable music, and a bland script to make an interesting and engaging musical."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"The alarmingly plastic surgery-ified Cher, with her face looking like a condom stretched over a beach umbrella, gives a performance here as the club owner that's not so much 'still' as 'immobile'."
‑ Dominic Corry, Flicks.co.nz
"The tone is earnest, verging on sentimental. Or maybe it's just the effect of Antin's leaden dialogue, for it inspires some execrable acting. As a movie star, Aguilera is yet to shine."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"Try to make 'Showgirls' for 12 year olds and you please no one. What a tease."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Rated a family-friendly PG-13, Burlesque never loses its s---, never gets erotically out of hand, never devolves into delicious camp."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...wears out its welcome to an almost astonishing degree..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"This is all about the music and director/writer Steve Antin has fashioned a spectacle worthy of Broadway."
‑ Roger Tennis, Cinemaclips.com
"So bad it's good or just plain bad? Terribly entertaining with emphasis on the terribly, or just, you know, terrible?"
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
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