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6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 3 out of 13

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Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
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  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 10, 2014
    80
    While it’s corny by design, Hairspray also aims to get at something truthful, about the various kinds of prejudice weighing down the city circa 1963, and how youthful optimism and music made a difference, if only in the lives of those kids craving some kind of diverse, progressive community.
  2. 75
    Basically the movie is a bubble-headed series of teenage crises and crushes, alternating with historically accurate choreography of such forgotten dances as the Madison and the Roach.
  3. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    80
    It seems inappropriate to call ick noir auteur Waters a breath of fresh air. But, amid the stale odor of our man-made, musty, Muzaked lives, he's a welcome gust of Renuzit.