Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    If you look fast, you'll see Waters himself in a cameo (as a flasher; what else?), proof the new film is in touch with its dyed roots.
  2. Reviewed by: Albert Williams
    100
    With its wisecracking screenplay, period-perfect pop score, and Shankman's splashy choreography, this may be the funniest, dancingest screen musical since "Singin' in the Rain."
  3. A great big sloppy kiss of entertainment for audiences weary of explosions, CGI effects and sequels, sequels, sequels.
  4. 100
    The best and most entertaining movie adaptation of a stage musical so far this century - and yes, I’m including the Oscar-winning "Chicago."
  5. 88
    It's hard to resist the film's exuberance.
  6. 88
    Just plain fun. Or maybe not so plain. There's a lot of craft and slyness lurking beneath the circa-1960s goofiness.
  7. A rocking, rollicking crowd-pleaser.
  8. The film's an irresistible time capsule of that Camelot summer, blending girrrrrl power, social consciousness and faux-'60s pop with the fizz of a soda jerk whipping up a root beer float.
  9. 100
    In its entirety, Hairspray has the funny tilt that only a director-choreographer like Shankman can give to a movie.
  10. A fizzy and delirious high-camp message-movie musical that may just turn out to be the happiest movie of the summer.
  11. 91
    So good at what it does that it can exhaust you: In the later going, one big number follows on the heels of another so quickly that it feels more like an opera than a regular musical.
  12. Broad and funny, its sensibility is very campy and it's out to be loved by everyone.
  13. A feel-good musical that, for a change, actually makes you feel good.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 193 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 95
  2. Negative: 16 out of 95
  1. Nov 23, 2011
    4
    One thing for sure, this movie is definitely not my type. But in some way, it was entertaining at some parts which is why it only JUST gets a 4.
  2. Mike
    Feb 5, 2008
    1
    Very colorful, likable for the first 15 mins, and then it just became annoying! Travolts sucks a woman, he didn't look like one, didn't move like one, or speak like one. Also this is a "MUSICAL" so why are actors singing when they don't have the talent too sing! Full Review »
  3. LennyC.
    Jan 23, 2008
    3
    If you have never seen a train wreck, watch this movie, it is an hour and a half boring music video with no let up, i felt like sceeming,, "STOP THE MUSIC" Full Review »