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This remake of the '80s classic focuses on a group of young students attending a high school for the performing arts. Classmates study various aspects of performance, from dance to songwriting to acting, all of them hoping for the chance to one day become stars. Debbie Allen, Charles S. Dutton, Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, and Bebe Neuwirth portray the instructors, with a host of newcomers toplining the production as the students. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The high school is so sanitized that there are no drugs, cutthroat competition, or-inconceivably for a theatrical milieu-no gay students."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"I don't mind the cornball and I don't mind the clichťs, but I just think that the thing has to be executed a little better than this."
‑ A.O. Scott, At the Movies
"Kevin Tancharoen's remake of "Fame" is a flat, lifeless experience that is missing the emotion required to get us involved with the characters and their situations."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"Fails to make a significant mark."
‑ Katina Vangopoulos, Moviedex
"Grab the soundtrack, which highlights the great voices amongst the cast, and enjoy the best bits of the film through your iPod."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"Members of the class of '80 struggled to stay in school despite homelessness and crime; the greatest crisis in '09 finds a student's Sesame Street work schedule affecting her GPA."
‑ Michelle Orange, L.A. Weekly
"It's almost fatally modest. But it has a sweet spirit, and it offers only one true moment of inadvertent camp: a (lame) finale featuring an African dance routine completely at odds with all the white bread we've just been served."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"This film showed a darker side of high school life and the performing arts. Some scenes are hard to watch, but that's because they are so real."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"absolutely shameless in its sadistic trotting-out of every single rabbit in the tiny teen-pageant top hat."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Fame! 2009 is destined to become famous for all the wrong reasons."
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"There are enough hoary soap-operatic plottings for a thousand Gossip Girls (emotionally distant parents, almost-rapes, suicide attempts), yet Tancharoen individualizes each crisis so that no one character comes off as a mock-universal surrogate."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"There are six new songs in the remake, but not one makes any impact, or is likely to end up as the ring tone of 2010."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"The pageantry really is very nice, especially the dance numbers, but as soon as the music stops, so does Fame. It's not the worst remake ever made, it's not even really very bad, just stodgily, repressively mediocre."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"I'm gonna live forever? Fat chance."
‑ Perri Nemiroff, CinemaBlend.com
"It's as if the franchise was remade as a Pepsi commercial."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
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