With showstopping performances by a star-studded cast, Dreamgirls soars with the amazing story of three female singers who learn that anything is possible when you hold on to your dreams. Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy shine in unforgettable roles that display their matchless talents. And Jennifer Hudson is a revelation, in the breakthrough performance. Based on the Broadway hit and directed by Bill Condon, the Dreamgirls is "a triumph" of movie entertainment that will dazzle you again and again.
- Dreamgirls review by Unremarkable
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If you like musicals or you like motown/disco music this film is not for you. If you thought you were seeing an approximate tribute to the Supremes or Diana Ross, this film is not for you.
Songs are long, screechy, repetitive and instantly forgettable. Emotions are only expressed with volume (more volume = more pain - for everyone!). No performance shines, no characters are truly developed, no one has our sympathy.
As the film progresses, the frequency of ear-splitting and tooth-grindingly awful songs increases. Every twist and turn is punctuated with a burst of song, like some grim spoof of a musical. Because of this, the plot and characterisation stutters along, not really going anyway and failing to entertain.
Dreamgirls is a poor imitation of both the biopic and musical genre. It doesn't know which it wants to be and consequently fails to be either.