Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels follows up his 2005 directorial debut, Shadowboxer, with this adaptation of author Sapphire's best-selling novel about an overweight, illiterate African-American teen from Harlem who discovers an… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 9, 2010
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Precious is a grim yet ultimately triumphant film about abuse and inner-city life, largely bolstered by exceptional performances from its cast.

Rafer Guzman

The remarkable Sidibe is one of several daring casting choices by director Lee Daniels.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Avoiding the conventional tricks of lifting an audience up, the movie looks into this girl's wide, brown face and her bleak little life and sees, despite everything, a reason to live.

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Its flaws are more so of the executional than the conceptual kind, the whole more than the sum of its parts.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Precious is an emotional powerhouse, a triumph of bruising humor and bracing hope that deserves its place among the year's best films.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

If you do watch -- and you certainly should -- you will see one of the most remarkable performances ever set to film, given by Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe.

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out Chicago

The bottom line is that you've never seen anything quite like this -- in its highs, its lows, its gaffes, its embarrassments or its uplift.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A film full of life and love, well-meaning and, judging by the reaction in the US, a genuine and important phenomenon that says act - don't dwell - on your dreams.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

It melodramatizes everything and yet its overall effect is something more than melodrama.

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Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

Sidibe's Susan Boyle moment of misdirected public pity notwithstanding, hers is a rare and welcome presence in American independent film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
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Melvin White
Clareece 'Precious' Jones: Please don't lie to me, Ms. Rain! Love ain't done nothing for me... but beat me... rape me... call me an animal!… More
KJ Proulx
Deriving from some controversial source material, "Precious" is a very well made picture with performances that will blow your mind. It is definitely… More
paul oh
The film feels like a knife in my chest. There are just some scenes that break down your inner soul and makes you want to go into the fetal position. Definitely… More
Red Lats
'Precious' should probably be rated higher than 2 1/2 stars, but I found the movie so depressing. I prefer my entertainment less realistic than this… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
i honestly cant tell if this is a Tyler Perry movie or something serious... either way ill pass