Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. 60
    The problem with “Dreamgirls” -- and it is not a small one -- lies in those songs, which are not just musically and lyrically pedestrian, but historically and idiomatically disastrous.
  2. 50
    It's taken Dreamgirls 25 years and several false starts to get to the screen, so it's a shame to see what a rush job it feels like.
  3. 50
    Dreamgirls is a better musical than "Chicago" or "Rent," but then, that isn't really saying much.
  4. I know I'm going to bring down the room by saying I think it's just okay. Well, Jennifer Hudson is more than okay.
  5. 50
    Even with Hudson's triumphant arrival and an overall fizzy mood of singing, dancing, pop nostalgia and camp, Dreamgirls is an uneven crowd pleaser.
  6. 40
    There's so little love to be found in Dreamgirls. It's a product that promises magic, and yet gives us nothing to live on.
  7. 33
    It's the ultimate pop-culture sacrilege: a movie about soul music that has no soul.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 229 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 124
  2. Negative: 18 out of 124
  1. Jun 2, 2013
    A very good film. A bit overrated in my opinion because 8 Academy Award nominations is very generous. However this film delivers on all levels. Great performances all around, drama, brilliant cinematography, fantastic's good. The music is definitely the highlight of the film for me though, particularly because of Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson. They both give great performances musically and theatrically. A very good film. Full Review »
  2. Sep 2, 2012
    This was a dazzling movie. I was seriously impressed with all the music and acting....that includes Beyonce. It was quite a spectacle and was very stylishly and artistically done. Full Review »
  3. May 15, 2012