Burlesque (2010)

Christina Aguilera makes her dramatic feature debut as Ali, a small-town singer who takes her shot at stardom performing at a neo-burlesque nightclub in Los Angeles. Situated in a regal old theater that's still dazzling despite having… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 24, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Campy and clichéd, Burlesque wastes its talented cast (including a better-than-expected Christina Aguilera) on a movie that wavers uncertainly between "bad" and "so bad it's good."

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Even the dances feel cozily dated, as choreographers Denise Faye and Joey Pizzi borrow liberally from Bob Fosse.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

"Get your ass up, show me how you burlesque," growls one of this indulgent movie's indulgent musical numbers that swaggers with pearls, glitter and red lipstick - if not grammatical verb usage.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

To be clear, Burlesque itself isn't worth writing about: the plot is shopworn, the acting oddly awkward and stilted.

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Rafer Guzman

Burlesque manages what seemed impossible: It is filled with half-naked dancing girls, yet it's still boring.

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker

Has the glitz and allure of a Victoria's Secret ad. What it doesn't have is an imaginative reinvention of the show-biz clichés that have so adamantly inspired it.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Just terrible enough to make you wish it was even worse.

Ben Walters
Time Out

Try to make 'Showgirls' for 12 year olds and you please no one. What a tease.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

If you go to Burlesque expecting a campy hoot on the order of Showgirls, you may be in for a disappointment. It's not quite awful enough, although it's plenty bad.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It's totally ridiculous, utterly unbelievable and deliciously naughty as much as a PG-13 movie can be.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
I don't know what is worse, the insufferable songs or how this trashy modern musical fairy-tale is so predictable, boring and full of clichés from the… More
Phil Hubbs
WOW this was predictable fluff, if your thinking along the lines of 'Moulin Rouge' and 'Chicago' your not far wrong, basically with the same… More
Nicki Marie
Not really to my tastes, didn't quite realise it would be a musical (believe it or not!). I realised Christina would sing, but not quite so much! It was… More
Dean King
A fairly average film that doesn't offer much more than the typical tried and tested, girl on hard times manages to find an outlet for her talent and comes… More
EightThirty .
28/07/2011 (DVD) <b>CAN'T BELIEVE I LIKED IT!!?</b> Yes I thought I was going to loathe it because it looks so chickity flickity but I sat… More
Megan S
I actually enjoyed this movie. I'll probably never watch it again but it was fun. But Christina Aguilera's character needs to eat like five… More