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  • Summary: Ali is a small-town girl with a big voice who escapes hardship and an uncertain future to follow her dreams to LA. After stumbling upon The Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing theater that is home to an inspired musical revue, Ali lands a job as a cocktail waitress from Tess, the club’s proprietor and headliner. Burlesque’s outrageous costumes and bold choreography enrapture the young ingenue, who vows to perform there one day. Soon enough, Ali builds a friendship with a featured dancer, finds an enemy in a troubled, jealous performer, and garners the affection of Jack, a bartender and fellow musician. With the help of a sharp-witted stage manager and gender-bending host, Ali makes her way from the bar to the stage. Her spectacular voice restores The Burlesque Lounge to its former glory, though not before a charismatic entrepreneur arrives with an enticing proposal. (Sony Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 38
  2. Negative: 6 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 9, 2010
    It's big, perfectly cast and entertaining in every way, but more than that it feels like a generous public event.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Dec 9, 2010
    The results, while occasionally forced, are consistently amusing.
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Dec 9, 2010
    Burlesque delivers eyeful after eyeful of rapid-fire opulence and spectacle. But its most memorable sight is the indelible image of one star taking flight, and another triumphantly staying put.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Dec 9, 2010
    A musical vamp on young LA's decade-long Pussycat Dolls fascination with tarting up like strippers and shaking those money makers, it's somewhat less than the sum of its parts. But those parts. Oh my.
  5. 50
    Falling in the pillowy cleavage between mildly awful and slightly entertaining, Burlesque is a clichéd rags-to-diva story that culminates in a series of Christina Aguilera videos.
  6. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dec 9, 2010
    Earnestly ersatz down to every spangle, dance move, plot turn, and line of hokum dialogue, Burlesque is a showbiz pic for these American Idol times - a time when we agree to pretend that mediocre mimicry of better artists is good enough to keep us entertained. We agree to pretend that quality is in the eye and ear of the undemanding beholder.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Dec 9, 2010
    Basically a theme-park version of a tawdry tradition.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 59
  2. Negative: 9 out of 59
  1. Feb 4, 2011
    The best comedy/musical movie of the year! The movie definitely got me dancing. and a lot of people were applauding during and every after performances of Christina and Cher. Expand
  2. Dec 1, 2010
    Burlesque is so perfect. The casts are amazing. The singing is incredible and the dancing is fabolous. I enjoy every single seconds.Cher and Tucci are great as usual, but the one that surprises me is Miss Christina Aguilera. She's so naturally and definitely a movie star. Burlesque is the best debut movie by a pop star. Expand
  3. Nov 24, 2010
    BURLESQUE is so BURLESQUE they did a perfect work and delivery a msg to the world have fun without touch Fun Fun Fun , so amazing film in general the film count with super performances the music is so good !!!! Collapse
  4. Apr 11, 2011
    Well neither Cher nor Christina Aguilera are my thing but this movie is actually really well done. Tells a good story and it's well-written and well-acted. Congratulations to all involved. Expand
  5. Mar 12, 2011
    Burlesque does no favors for Aguilera's B acting -- and Broadway itself. But it's a mildly entertaining Hollywood musical that showcases Cher's still-powerful vocals. Expand
  6. Sep 6, 2013
    The movie has its ups and downs, but it is a somewhat interesting watch. It does however rely on way too many clichés, and the songs are not all that great or even good for that matter. The acting is laughable, but in a fun way. Expand
  7. Dec 18, 2010
    The movie Burlesque is much like Christina Aguliera's career , tacky, predictable & recycled .
    Every dance number and line are lifted from
    another movie, Cher is great per usual but Christina's performance leaves something to be desired.
    It's a wonder why the cast (except Christina) would attach themselves to such a uncomfortable campy poorly written movie.

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