Hairspray (2007)

Sixteen years after the release of the original film, New Line Cinema brings a feature film adaptation of the Tony award-winning Broadway production "Hairspray" to life. Based on John Waters' 1988 cult classic about… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hairspray is an energetic, wholly entertaining musical romp; a fun Summer movie with plenty of heart. Its contagious songs will make you want to get up and start dancing.

Bob Mondello

For a star-studded big-budget musical, Hairspray does a nice job of retaining the funky sweetness of the original.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

It's amiable, it's bouncy, it's got a sweet unknown in the lead flanked by a cast of bankable stars and, providing as it does an amiable and bouncy and sweet escape from a summer's worth of clunky blockbusters.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

If any movie musical could threaten the standing of retro favourite Grease, it's this one.

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Paul Clinton (

Bright, campy and wonderfully light, Hairspray reminds us that fun comes in all shapes and sizes. It's also one of the few 'event' movies this summer that doesn't outstay its welcome. That's worth singing about, no matter what your name is.

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John Moore
Denver Post

Hairspray is an infectious aerosol comedy with nearly every hair in place.

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Michael Hastings
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Director-choreographer Adam Shankman has come up with one of the purest entertainments of the summer.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Waters cultists have ample reason to be wary, but the film retains a surprisingly subversive edge that undercuts its blinding surface gloss.

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Lawson Taitte
Dallas Morning News

Hairspray is one of the most enjoyable translations of a Broadway musical to the big screen ever.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It pays respect to the original while also carving its own image as a truly good musical.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Candy Rose
Brilliant cast and music. Story about a girl called Tracy who wants to be a dancer on her favourite TV show the Corny Collins Show. Corny is played by James… More
Bethany Murphy
I love musicals and to see Zac Efron in one again made this film for me. Outstanding! I wanted to dance and sing a long to all the songs and it shows such a… More
Alex roy
Hairspray really didn't do it for me whatsoever. I felt that this movie was quite overrated and it really wasn't as good as what many critics have… More
Mike S
John Travolta in drag and a humongous 60's hair-do? Okay, now I've seen everything. A colorful and vibrant cinemusical, full of energy and pure joy.… More
Anthony Lawrie
I'm not sure what the point is of this film. A film version of a musical version based on the original film. Talk about bastardised. I had no problem with… More
Jim Careter
Will be remembered forever by music lovers. It was hilarious and really well done. This movie had great acting, great story, and some of the catchiest songs I… More