Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. Offers about as much flava as a Dr. Pepper commercial and about as much drama as a “Sesame Street” rerun.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    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.
  3. The high school is so sanitized that there are no drugs, cutthroat competition, or--inconceivably for a theatrical milieu--no gay students.
  4. 25
    The new Fame is practically identical to Alan Parker's 1980 original -- I mean, it's the same damn movie -- except for all the parts with heart and humor and poignancy and soul and fun.
  5. 25
    The cowardly producers have banished the grit and darkness of Parker’s original.
  6. Reviewed by: Elias Savada
    Sadly, everything is predictable, which is to the detriment of the mostly fine, young talent that appears in this ineffective retread.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    My advice to potential audiences: Find something else to do.
  8. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Sep 27, 2011
    "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. Full Review »
  2. Jan 8, 2013
    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 really Like this movie, I really enjoyed it I will give it 10/10. Full Review »
  3. Dec 25, 2010
    BORING. If these people are talented, it's actually very hard to tell. The original Fame movie was awesome. This movie is pathetic. It's that simple. Yes, they can be compared. If you're going to remake a cult classic, you should have a clue. If you can't improve on it, leave it alone. These days there are many performing art schools and they don't all do hip-hop (shock horror!). In fact you may find that most artists are interested in diversifying rather than recreating the same-old same-old. My advice - Ignore this movie was ever made because it shouldn't have been. Full Review »