Fame (2009)

A reinvention of the original Oscar (R)-winning hit film, "Fame" follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, a diverse, creative powerhouse… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fame is ultimately undone by its choppy editing, its incomplete characterizations, and its apparent desire to appeal to the High School Musical generation.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

The high school is so sanitized that there are no drugs, cutthroat competition, or-inconceivably for a theatrical milieu-no gay students.

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A.O. Scott
At the Movies

I don't mind the cornball and I don't mind the clichťs, but I just think that the thing has to be executed a little better than this.

Jeff Beck

Kevin Tancharoen's remake of "Fame" is a flat, lifeless experience that is missing the emotion required to get us involved with the characters and their situations.

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Michelle Orange
L.A. Weekly

Members of the class of '80 struggled to stay in school despite homelessness and crime; the greatest crisis in '09 finds a student's Sesame Street work schedule affecting her GPA.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

It's almost fatally modest. But it has a sweet spirit, and it offers only one true moment of inadvertent camp: a (lame) finale featuring an African dance routine completely at odds with all the white bread we've just been served.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

This film showed a darker side of high school life and the performing arts. Some scenes are hard to watch, but that's because they are so real.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

There are enough hoary soap-operatic plottings for a thousand Gossip Girls (emotionally distant parents, almost-rapes, suicide attempts), yet Tancharoen individualizes each crisis so that no one character comes off as a mock-universal surrogate.

Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

There are six new songs in the remake, but not one makes any impact, or is likely to end up as the ring tone of 2010.

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Joshua Starnes

The pageantry really is very nice, especially the dance numbers, but as soon as the music stops, so does Fame. It's not the worst remake ever made, it's not even really very bad, just stodgily, repressively mediocre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An underrated remake of a great film with new characters dealing with personal conflicts and following their dream to become a famous star, and while the first… More
Jason Lalljee
Some may find it boring and flat, but I found it quite sophisticated and entertaining.
Candy Rose
This movie is shot like a documentary following a group of teenagers from their auditions to their graduation from the Performing Arts school in New York. It is… More
Film Crazy
this is probably the worst dancey music film ive seen when comparing it to hairspray or step up, or movies along those lines! it was boring and just couldnt… More
Jennifer D
I think that when a film is remade, the original is somehow labeled "ideal". Here's what I liked: the updated dance numbers. I might be crazy,… More
Jason Spencer
While it's a well made movie with a pretty good cast it suffers from the same thing the other two Fame stories. We are introduced to some really good… More

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