Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 6, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Precious is a grim yet ultimately triumphant film about abuse and inner-city life, largely bolstered by exceptional performances from its cast.

Rafer Guzman

The remarkable Sidibe is one of several daring casting choices by director Lee Daniels.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

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.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

... Precious is a true story of survival and hope and not to be missed.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Precious is an emotional powerhouse, a triumph of bruising humor and bracing hope that deserves its place among the year's best films.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Brigit Grant
Daily Express (UK)

If you are going to bring a victim of this magnitude to the screen, give her history the treatment it deserves, ie good direction or at the very least some proper editing to serve as an emotional sat-nav.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

It melodramatizes everything and yet its overall effect is something more than melodrama.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

It's amazing how the film turns out to be infinitely moving in spite of Mr. Daniels's stylistic self-destruct.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The greatest achievement of this bleak drama is how it makes us sympathize with a character that could have been easily stereotyped if played by a not-so-great… More
Red Lats
'Precious' should probably be rated higher than 2 1/2 stars, but I found the movie so depressing. I prefer my entertainment less realistic than this… More
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Melvin White
Clareece 'Precious' Jones: Please don't lie to me, Ms. Rain! Love ain't done nothing for me... but beat me... rape me... call me an animal!… More
KJ Proulx
Deriving from some controversial source material, "Precious" is a very well made picture with performances that will blow your mind. It is definitely… More
paul oh
The film feels like a knife in my chest. There are just some scenes that break down your inner soul and makes you want to go into the fetal position. Definitely… More