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  • Summary: Fame follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, a diverse, creative powerhouse where students from all walks of life are given a chance to live out their dreams and achieve real and lasting fame...theFame follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, a diverse, creative powerhouse where students from all walks of life are given a chance to live out their dreams and achieve real and lasting fame...the kind that comes only from talent, dedication, and hard work. (MGM) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. 75
    A film that’s largely a raw, uplifting love letter to creativity in every possible form.
  2. Whether the young ensemble attains it remains to be seen. The standouts, though, are Naughton, Pennie and Perez De Tagle.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    50
    While the movie suffers from a surfeit of flash, it nonetheless offers the undeniable power of young performers pursuing art at peak dexterity.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    50
    It's almost laughably bland and watered-down in its desire to appeal to the widest possible audience. It won't succeed in that goal, but it has enough pizzazz to captivate undemanding tweeners.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    This PG-rated offering thus dances along a fine line -- one that suggests a shelf-life well short of its "I wanna live forever" anthem.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    30
    Someone has driven a stake through the heart and ripped out the soul of the 1980 original. The responsible parties, make that irresponsible parties, should be found, thrown in movie jail and not allowed within 50 feet of a set again. Ever.
  7. 0
    Fame has today's usual gritty form of slick to it, but in every other way it's an Amateur Hour and a half.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. EvanB.
    Sep 26, 2009
    10
    a great family movie with a little language.
  2. Jan 8, 2013
    8
    Actually, this is not a movie for family! It is the best musical movie for me, but still I guess not for family, more for teens, I reallyActually, this is not a movie for family! It is the best musical movie for me, but still I guess not for family, more for teens, I really Like this movie, I really enjoyed it I will give it 10/10. Expand
  3. JacobI
    Oct 5, 2009
    7
    Great movie if you like dancing, singing, and all other arts.
  4. CarolM.
    Sep 26, 2009
    3
    Original has heart where this one makes you not care about anyone. None of the actors are convincing, except maybe Megan Mulally when she Original has heart where this one makes you not care about anyone. None of the actors are convincing, except maybe Megan Mulally when she reveals she teaches because she couldn't make it on Broadway. Expand
  5. Sep 27, 2011
    3
    "Fame", the updated version of the 1980's version, has nothing new. It's the same funky dances with dull music with a terrible cast. Most of"Fame", the updated version of the 1980's version, has nothing new. It's the same funky dances with dull music with a terrible cast. Most of all, they didn't fix the terrible wrap up the original one suffered. This is a movie where its terrible to the heart. Expand
  6. HaslynR
    Sep 28, 2009
    3
    Stick to the original film. There are very few redeeming qualities in this film. It seems that the producers hastily slapped together an Stick to the original film. There are very few redeeming qualities in this film. It seems that the producers hastily slapped together an incoherent film with characters that are unappealing and very forgettable. Expand
  7. AhC
    Oct 20, 2009
    0
    "Fame" proves the truth of the old adage that you can't ever, ever go wrong underestimating the taste of the American public. Incredibly "Fame" proves the truth of the old adage that you can't ever, ever go wrong underestimating the taste of the American public. Incredibly bad acting, predictable plot, and the whitest couple to hit the screen since Brad and Janet. What a waste of time and money. I'm sure 11year old girls everywhere thought it was terrific. Hollywood truly has no shame. Expand

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