Idlewild (2006)

OutKast duo André "Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan Andre "Big Boi" Patton star as two Prohibition-era performers determined to fend off the vicious gangsters currently attempting to gain a stake in the pair's… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 25, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Idlewild has some truly breathtaking moments, but borrows too heavily from other similar movies, and the disjointed script is not worthy of talents involved.

David Jenkins
Time Out

For a band whose music is suffused with such delicate irony, you'd expect at the very least for there to be a few laughs along the way? There are none. Nothing. Zero.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

By jumbling genres, fashions, music and locales, and riddling bullets through much of it, Idlewild ends up feeling disjointed and disquieting.

Joshua Starnes

Benjamin and Patton have devised a basic Prohibition era gangster story as a background for their newest musical experiment melding modern hip-hop with the jazz and blues of the '30s, all put together with a great deal of visual cleverness and flair.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

You don't have to have a stylistic device in every single shot.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A series of pretty-good pop videos wrapped around a confusing tale of Chitlin' Circuit striving and conniving.

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Fernando F. Croce

Its hodgepodge plot only heightens its stale smell

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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal

Shakespeare has been quoted many, many times over the past 400 or so years, but never to such empty purpose as in the inchoate, self-indulgent musical drama Idlewild

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Comic, dramatic, highly conceptual and all great fun.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Though not as good as I hoped it would be, it's still an above par musical effort in the end...

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Jason Robinson
See it. Chances are, you'll fall in love with Idlewild in spite of how many times you've seen this plot before. But that might be the Georgia boy in… More
Jason Spencer
This is an interesting blend of old time bootlegging and a concert video. The story is good and the acting is pretty spot on. If you really like Outkast you… More
Emily Armstrong
This movie is beautiful. It's everything Chicago should have been: the music, the characters, the set design, the costumes, the script, the strange balance… More
Keith Adams
If "Chicago" & "Purple Rain" had a cool baby that started dating OutKast, then, this would be it. The musical numbers are superb, the… More
Megan S
This movie was okay. I think it couldn't make up it's mind about whether to be serious or funny. I mean who sings with Cuckoo clocks? And the… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Everything that makes the movie is great, the music, the choreography, the sets, the art direction, all the style, and even the majority of the cast is all good… More

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