Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
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Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
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 alternate path in life after she begins attending a new school. Clareece "Precious" Jones is only a teenager, yet she's about to give birth to her second child. Unable to read or write, Clareece shows little prospect for the future until discovering that she has been accepted into an alternative school. There, with a little help from a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The remarkable Sidibe is one of several daring casting choices by director Lee Daniels."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"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."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Its flaws are more so of the executional than the conceptual kind, the whole more than the sum of its parts."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"The story's world is stacked against Precious, and the movie's marketing engine is stacked against Sidibe, but in some ways those structures explain why we're hearing about this young woman in the first place."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"It's probably one of the most important films of the year."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Precious is an emotional powerhouse, a triumph of bruising humor and bracing hope that deserves its place among the year's best films."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"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."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
"While Mo'Nique's performance is the barnburner, it is Sidibe and her classmates who resonate, who inhabit a world outside of themselves and their wretched fiefdoms."
‑ Michelle Orange, Movieline
"A powerful, deeply moving film that drives an arrow straight through your heart."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"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."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"It melodramatizes everything and yet its overall effect is something more than melodrama."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Sidibe's Susan Boyle moment of misdirected public pity notwithstanding, hers is a rare and welcome presence in American independent film."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"While Precious certainly looks the part of the powerful award-worthy drama, it does very little to convince the audience that it actually is."
‑ Jason Zingale,
"Gabourey Sidibe plays the title character and if she wasn't an actor before this, she sure is now."
‑ Dave White,
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