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OutKast duo André "Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan Andre "Big Boi" Patton star as two Prohibition-era performers determined to fend off the vicious gangsters currently attempting to gain a stake in the pair's lucrative club in this musical drama directed by longtime collaborator Bryan Barber and featuring choreography by three-time Tony award winner Hinton Battle. In the 1930s, Idlewild was the hottest speakeasy in the South thanks to the impressive showmanship of flamboyant manager/lead performer Rooster (Patton) and the notable talents of introverted pianist Percival… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For a band whose music is suffused with such delicate irony, you'd expect at the very least for there to be a few laughs along the way? There are none. Nothing. Zero."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"By jumbling genres, fashions, music and locales, and riddling bullets through much of it, Idlewild ends up feeling disjointed and disquieting."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Benjamin and Patton have devised a basic Prohibition era gangster story as a background for their newest musical experiment melding modern hip-hop with the jazz and blues of the '30s, all put together with a great deal of visual cleverness and flair."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"1930s black America becomes just a stage for OutKast's vanity project."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"The music, which sounds like a collaboration between Cab Calloway and Run DMC, keeps the story flowing."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"You don't have to have a stylistic device in every single shot."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A series of pretty-good pop videos wrapped around a confusing tale of Chitlin' Circuit striving and conniving."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Its hodgepodge plot only heightens its stale smell"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Neither fish nor fowl. Nor foul, either, though not great--and ultimately, more idle than wild."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Idlewild overflows with inventiveness and random weirdness that sort of make it a must-see even if it isn't a particularly good film."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer,
"Shakespeare has been quoted many, many times over the past 400 or so years, but never to such empty purpose as in the inchoate, self-indulgent musical drama Idlewild"
‑ Joanne Kaufman, Wall Street Journal
"Comic, dramatic, highly conceptual and all great fun."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Though not as good as I hoped it would be, it's still an above par musical effort in the end..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"In spite of several inspired moments where it exhibits some genuine promise, this desperate attempt to be all things to all people ends up sabotaging any potential to make a memorable contribution to the annals of cinema."
‑ Kam Williams,
"Fans happy to luxuriate in its artistic indulgence, however, will be swept up in the weird, random, fantastic OutKastness of it all."
‑ Olly Richards, Empire Magazine
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