Dreamgirls (2006)

Director Bill Condon brings Tom Eyen's Tony award-winning Broadway musical to the big screen in a tale of dreams, stardom, and the high cost of success in the cutthroat recording industry. The time is the 1960s, and singers Effie… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 25, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dreamgirls' simple characters and plot hardly detract from the movie's real feats: the electrifying performances and the dazzling musical numbers.

Bob Mondello

The energy is so high in sequences like this -- and there are lots of them -- that it almost doesn't matter that we've seen this story before, in Ray and other film biographies about the "heartbreak" of musical stardom.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

It reserves singing and dancing for the stage until Jamie Foxx just randomly bursts into verse while strolling down the street. Dreamgirls wants to be Effie but ends up as Deena: thin, smooth, unburdened by a personality.

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Joel Siegel
Good Morning America

This film could earn eight Oscar nominations. It's so much fun. Let's go see a movie where you smile, and cheer ... and tap your feet a little, too.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It compares to that other "legitimate" musical smash of recent vintage, Chicago. It just doesn't have the life or fun of Chicago.

Dana Stevens

Watching Dreamgirls on the big screen feels like an event somehow. Maybe it's the conviction and passion that the actors bring to their roles.

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Emanuel Levy

Condon's adaptation is polished and enjoyable and yet something is missing from making it a truly great musical movie--perhaps a more coherent vision or unity.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

The opening rump-shaking immediately sets the tone: Dreamgirls pulses with sheer exuberance. When was the last time a musical, much less a huge Hollywood production, felt this alive?

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Dreamgirls is the entire musical package, a triumph of old school on-screen glamour, and we wouldn't want it any other way.

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Fernando F. Croce

A musical for people who've forgotten how to listen, and how to feel

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
A colorful, lively, well-executed musical-film, Dreamgirls is a must-see spectacle. Jennifer Hudson steals the show with powerhouse vocals and a vulnerable… More
Raymond Wieser
Bill Condon directs an incredible cast in the movie version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Let me say this before I say anything else: I was so stunned by… More
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Jim Careter
A beautifully well made film, with great performances, and proves Eddie Murphy is a good actor.
Liam Gadd
The definitive musical of the rise to fame and the fall from grace. Dazzling, engaging and wonderfully acted, it leaves me bewildered that… More
Jameson Worley
A very good film. A bit overrated in my opinion becuase 8 Academy Award nominations is very generous. However this film delivers on all levels. Great… More