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  • Summary: Set against the backdrop of a 1930s southern speakeasy, Idlewild explores the lives of Percival (Benjamin), the club's shy piano player, and Rooster (Patton), the club's showy lead performer and manager. Idlewild synthesizes drama, music, cinema and style to bring the tale of strugglingSet against the backdrop of a 1930s southern speakeasy, Idlewild explores the lives of Percival (Benjamin), the club's shy piano player, and Rooster (Patton), the club's showy lead performer and manager. Idlewild synthesizes drama, music, cinema and style to bring the tale of struggling singers to life. (Universal) Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. Idlewild is a romp, a ticket to rowdy good times.
  2. The result is a passionate, enthralling film that isn't afraid to take chances - even if it sometimes should be.
  3. 70
    For all its shortcomings, Idlewild also has something that few films can pull off: Moments of such pure cinematic fabulousness, breathtaking dance sequences and idiosyncratic 3-D animation flourishes that we are more than willing to forgive it for all its sins.
  4. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    60
    Anyone unfamiliar with or underwhelmed by the music of OutKast will find little in this thin piece of cinematic storytelling. Fans happy to luxuriate in its artistic indulgence, however, will be swept up in the weird, random, fantastic OutKastness of it all.
  5. Reviewed by: Ann Powers
    50
    Patton and Benjamin can both hold the screen and are great in their musical sequences, but sorry, they aren't actors -- Terrence Howard, as the villain Trumpy, blows them into dust when he's on camera -- and their limited expressiveness detracts from the film's hallucinatory edge. The plot fails them too, as it takes turns we've seen in a dozen melodramas.
  6. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    50
    Idlewild has moments of sticky sentimentality and stretches of dull exposition, but you've got to give it this: It's unpredictable.
  7. The most ridiculous period film since rappers took on the Old West in "Posse."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. lindseyM.
    Aug 28, 2006
    10
    a very good movie...worth seeing...very creative...I loved it and I dont like most movies.
  2. MoniqueB.
    Aug 26, 2006
    10
    An amazing visual treat. A genre-bending, foot-tapping, mind-blowing barage of music and dancing. Absolutely dazzling. A spectacle. Outkast An amazing visual treat. A genre-bending, foot-tapping, mind-blowing barage of music and dancing. Absolutely dazzling. A spectacle. Outkast fans will not be disappointed! Expand
  3. TreyB.
    Oct 12, 2006
    9
    Captivating cinematography. Big Boi and Dre really come out of their shells, emerging as confident and dynamic actors. Some scenes just draw Captivating cinematography. Big Boi and Dre really come out of their shells, emerging as confident and dynamic actors. Some scenes just draw you into another world. This movie is less about plot, the story should not be the main focal point, its more about conjuring emotions through imagery and sound. And in this, it is nearly flawless. Expand
  4. JosephA.
    Aug 27, 2006
    8
    Very entertaining, great movie! The movie has everything, great music, choreography, action, romance, betrayal, comedy, justice... Recommended.
  5. BooK.
    Feb 4, 2007
    8
    Blows "Moulin Rouge" & "Chicago" away just in terms of sheer excitement. Beautifully filmed, obscenely talented and just plain *fun*.
  6. KenG
    Sep 19, 2006
    7
    [**** SPOILERS***] Good movie, with arguably the year's worst ending tacked on. (The death of one of the key characters) They really [**** SPOILERS***] Good movie, with arguably the year's worst ending tacked on. (The death of one of the key characters) They really reached into "movie clichés 101" for that ending. Somebody really needed to tell filmmakers when you Expand
  7. LindaS.
    Sep 16, 2006
    0
    This was the most confusing, disgusting movie we've seen in a very long time... we walked out after 20 minutes and that was 15 minutes too late!

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