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
    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
    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

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
    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
    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
    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 »