You know it's a pretty average movie when Eddie Murphy turns in the top performance (second only to the donkey in shrek). Poor script, lots of oversinging and very formulaic plot. some of the lyrics are truly cringeworthy ... "what rhymes with tree?"
At 130 min, it was way too long. The pace was good at the start, with great singing; but when they started singing dialogue, out of the blue, it felt awkward. I love the era, the music and the artists, but could not watch this one to the end...
Well for a musical I loved this, big, bright and beautiful, great storyline and girls performing throughout. Hudson and Murphy worked well together on this show
I really wanted to like this movie, but just didn't. Way too long, songs went on and on (sometimes they were just lines from the script that the actors were just putting in a sing-song way. Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce were excellent that in itself was not enough to make me rate it more than one star.
I enjoyed this movie it had all the trials and tribulations of the right stuff and beyonce knowles did a brilliant job acting.
A little choppy and uneven, but still a good film, with some great performances. It can't seem to decide if it's a movie about music or a musical, with the film veering off a conventional narrative and into a self-conscious musical number rather abruptly, a fair way into the story. It's kind of odd and off-putting.
I didn't think the movie lived up to all the hype. The singing started off great but got annoying towards the end. Movie seemed to drag on and didn't have any memorable bits.
we expected more from this movie. If you like musicals, this will suit your tastes.
This is a great movie....well done.
An enjoyable movie - special kudos to the hair/makeup/costume designers. Weird in that the story seemed a condensed history on Mowtown, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, rise of Disco
My wife found this dull, boring,stupid,awful..I liked it..had a touch of reality and nice songs too...great on the big LCD screen..would be ordinary otherwise..a 7/10 from me..a 4/10 from the warden!!
Good performances, especially Jennifer Hudson.
Thought it started strongly and I enjoyed the first half hour but then it quickly became tedious when the dialogue was sung as well as the stage numbers.
Boring beyond words - only worth watching for costumes (pretty slick) and guess-who-they're-immitating game (Jackson Five, BB King, James Brown, Supremes, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, etc). Obvious promotional vehicle for Beyonce, no idea why Hudson got an oscar for that role; but Eddie Murphy playing something completely out of character really deserved his.
Jennifer Hudson's amazing voice was the most redeeming feature of this film in our view...otherwise sooo predictable
Not too bad, although a bit long and drawn out. Would have been better if it had been "condensed".
Worth watching to see Jennifer Hudson's Oscar-winning role.
Great music, interesting story. Who knew Eddie Murphy could sing
Started out well first 10 minutes then it bored me to tears.I wasted a rental on this rubbish.Gave it 2 stars be because of costumes and make up.Now I know who directed it (Bill Condon).This explains why it is a flop.
fantastic movie....worth the hype....jennifer hudson has an awesome set of pipes
What a great film if you like musicals check this out. It is a modern classic.
Loved it no wonder it won awards.
Can't make up it's mind if it's a musical or a biography... definitely not my cup of tea (even though I like both of those genres).
Fantastic movie, 5 stars, great performances from all and some great new songs
It was not bad... but expected it to be much better. I don't think I'd watch it again.
Started out ok, but cheesy and jerkily written - eg Jessica Hudson wanders outside from the recording studio into the middle of the Detroit riots and announces 'I don't feel well'. Next scene - she's pregnant. Terrible!
A beautifully rendered musical with an astounding debut performance by Jennifer Hudson. Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy are impressive as usual and Beyonce Knowles is the truest surprise of the bunch. Watch it - you'll be hard pressed not to enjoy it.
basically it's a chick flick.. no car chases nobody's getting shot at not a bomb blast or a raunchy riibald scene in the lot of it but the script holds and though the character interaction to a musical comedy theme at times is a bit weird ...it's worth a look
I loved this - I thought the actors were excellent and the storyline and fantastic singing kept me watching. Absolutely adored the costumes!
Great music and singing. Jennifer Hudson is quite a find.
Well produced, great spectacle, strong storyline, lavish- loved it!
It's fantastic!! Loved it =)
Great Movie, More songs than the stage musical, well acted and a great one for the whole family.
Some great singing in this movie, but it dragged on a bit long. It was like they had written all these songs and had to use them all regardless of the story or movie length.
For a start this is a musical! so expect singing and a somewhat shallow storyline. You need to love music. It containing singing dialogue which was done very well, powerful lyrics and fantastic voices. I got a bit lost in the history of motown, who was who etc as I did not know enough about it. Although long it is pleasant viewing great beat, again great strong lyrics better than HAIRSPRAY ( which I would give three stars). PS turn up the sound system!! good stuff
Wow didnt know Eddie Murphy could sing, I really liked this movie, powerful singing voices by all the cast, good story line, fantastic costumes...loved it!
Everybody overacted or underacted. It as appalling especially the script and the music.
Gorgeous costumes, but I could not have sat through this at the movies. Too much like an operatic musical for me!
Excellent entertaining movie. Soundtrack was great, loved Eddie Murphy in this role. Well recommend, especially if you love music.
I loved this on the big screen, but on the TV it didn't seem as good. My hubby was confused by the characters. Still a good film though.
thoroughly enjoyed the soul music and taking a trip back through time via great old songs. Jennifer Hudson was wonderful.
It just misses being excellent,story gets cloudy atb times.but the singing of the group makes up for the dreary monologue song.
If you like musical stuff like broadway production, you'd like this one.
I thought this was a lovely movie with great talent. The singing was fantastic.
Great performances all round that really help capture the spirit of the era. Lots of songs, & fancy frocks galore!
thought it would have been a lot better. the singing was good but storyline needed something else.
A Good movie,a chick flick though,and to anyone that knows anything about Motown its fairly obviouse that the movie is realy about Diana Ross and the Supremes!! very interesting :)
Will go down in history as a classic. Quite obvious why Jennifer Hudson got an Oscar, I would say she is more of the Lead Actress than Beyonce though?!?! Very good.
Brought back memories of the true story it was based on. Very good dramatisation of the events.
found this to be rivetting, the music is fantastic and the story great
great movie, fantastic performance by the actors , great singing
what find miss hudson is , and beyonce is just brilliant .mover over jamie foxx is the man .
I usually enjoy musicals but I found this one quite boring. The acting was fantastic though.
Very different, I wasn't really expecting a full on musical but I thought it was good except for some of the songs went for far too long.
Not quite, what I expected, but it was o,k.Basically it was a lot of singing throughout, the entire movie, even when they spoke, they sang it?
Excellent movie. Jennifer Hudson is brillent!
Excellent movie. Great story and music plus the girls were not too bad either.
The first 20 minutes or so were ok but we were so bored by the singing in the end. A movie about singers with designated songs does not also have to have the majority of the script sang as well.
Lightweight and a script with no substance.
I didn't realise this was a musical. But that was what made the movie so good, it wouldn't have been very good if it hadn't been
Some great singing in this movie.
Very long and too many tedious musical numbers.
I really enjoyed the music and the storyline, I did get a little bored with some of it though.
Jennifer Hudson stole the show. She was about the best thing going in it.
Not bad at all ! It was a bit all over the place though and sometimes hard to follow , but besides thjat it was a very entertaining flick.
I found the movie to be a bit slow. Perfect for all those who wanted to be famous when they were younger, if you still connect with the romantacised view of the world of performance.
Nice looking girls in period clothes, average no value blokes, great music, stupid plot, and yes the "musical" genre takes over at the end. Glad I didn't bother with paying $15 to see it at the movies!
Loved it, fantastic great - Beyounce was awesome, great girls movie
A bit slow at first I thought, but then the emotions and the story line gets you hooked, with the brilliant signing and acting.
There are other films in this changre so much better. Boring.
I did not like this movie at all. The trailers as usual showed all the best parts. Jennifer Hudsons' singing was the only good bit about the movie. For die hard Beyonce, Jamie and Eddie fans only.
Bored us all. Started with a few good songs being sung in context to the film and then turned into a full blown musical. Got worse as it went along. Good performances from the cast though but a boring movie.
Great movie. Jennifer Hudson stole the show. What a great voice. Eddie Murphy was great It was most probably his best performance in a long time.