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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 60
  2. Negative: 10 out of 60
  1. Jan 23, 2011
    What is a film for, to entertain! This movie did just that. Eye candy galore. Fun to see Cher and Christina Aguilera showed more talent than I had ever seen! Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2010

    This film is about fun, AMAZING MUSIC NUMBERS and a great performance by Christina Aguilera who
    deserves a Golden Globe for her debut role in Hollywood, she can dance, she can ACT, she can dance and has a classic beauty. Michael Kaplan costumes bring the old Hollywood Glamour, the cinematography is excellent, too. Cher WELCOME TO BURLESQUE number is an amazing welcome to this world, where, fun, tease and love can live in a musical environment. BOUND TO YOU, SHOW ME HOW YOU BURLESQUE and YOU HAVENT SEEN THE LAST OF ME are going to be the front runners for Best Original Song for the Oscars. Critics are so biased and hypocrites...BURLESQUE is pure FUN.

    The people was laughing, dancing and clapping during the film....WOW.
  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 !!!! Expand
  4. Mar 30, 2011
    Burlesque is the musical version of The Devil Wears Prada. Cher is Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci is Stanley Tucci, and Christina is Ann Hatheway. I think we all liked Devil Wears Prada, right? Well then why not a musical version! I don't give it a 10 because Devil Wears Prada had better comedy and Meryl Streep. Expand
  5. Mar 17, 2011
    Over all a very fun movie, just nothing that will surprise you, or leave you thinking about anything. Aguilera was a much better actress than I imagined, and of course her voice is amazing. The story line was pretty predictable, yet some how still manages to be entertaining. Not to say it's an incredible movie, but it isn't a waste of time. Expand
  6. Mar 1, 2011
    We all know Cristina Aguilera has an outstanding voice and of course Cheer is an icon. But to be frank, this movie was entertaining but not great. The dances were ok, the songs too but the plot, was horrible. I expected more from this film, more drama, more seriousness, it was all glamor and had nothing of reality. 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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