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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...the kind that comes only from talent, dedication, and hard work. (MGM) Collapse
  • Director: Kevin Tancharoen
  • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Romance, Family, Musical
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 107 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. Much of the movie has a structureless, documentary feeling to it, which is good and should have been pushed further.
  2. Whether the young ensemble attains it remains to be seen. The standouts, though, are Naughton, Pennie and Perez De Tagle.
  3. The sanitized moppets in the new Fame sing the body generic.
  4. 50
    A sad reflection of the new Hollywood, where material is sanitized and dumbed down for a hypothetical teen market that is way too sophisticated for it. It plays like a dinner theater version of the original.
  5. The opening montage is a jazzy, grabby thing, artfully layering the kids’ auditions to mimic the frenzied pace of the day. But that freneticism never really goes away, nor does the staccato timing.
  6. 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.
  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
    a great family movie with a little language.
  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. Expand
  3. JacobI
    Oct 5, 2009
    Great movie if you like dancing, singing, and all other arts.
  4. CarolM.
    Sep 26, 2009
    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
    "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
    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
    "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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