Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
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  1. The result is a passionate, enthralling film that isn't afraid to take chances - even if it sometimes should be.
  2. Director Bryan Barber (known for his music videos) and his cast display so much gusto that it's hard to keep up your resistance--I wound up finding this more enjoyable than the Oscar-bestrewn "Chicago."
  3. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    75
    Aiding Barber is the terrific work of choreographer Hinton Battle, delivering a ferocious, contemporary update of swing and bridging the gap between quick-take MTV flash and the longer needs of cinematic dancing--a hybrid that works better here than in the frenetic, overrated "Chicago."
  4. Idlewild is a romp, a ticket to rowdy good times.
  5. 63
    A mess, but an energetic, convivial mess.
  6. Idle it is not. Wild it is most assuredly. Set in Prohibition-era Georgia, Idlewild boasts yesterday's style, today's music, and the Harlem Renaissance's romanticism.
  7. 63
    Despite the best efforts of Barber the director, he never quite overcomes the shortcomings of Barber the writer.
  8. 90
    Idlewild has just about everything a popular entertainment can offer. It also has a soul, and that comes free with the price of a ticket.
  9. Artistic originality is not so common a commodity that you can afford to get too fussy about the details.
  10. 63
    Barber's screenplay is mired in cliches that got old in 1935.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    The music by Outkast is great, and the rowdy, randy en masse dance sequences are riveting. The story, however, is rather thin and lacks focus.
  12. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    Achieves magic--something sorely missing from so many movies these days--and does so via a philosophy of respect, but not reverence, for what's come before it; it never recycles, it just reimagines.
  13. Idlewild has a sober, loving respect for history and the old South, and thereby grants itself a measure of distinction.
  14. 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.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. BooK.
    Feb 4, 2007
    8
    Blows "Moulin Rouge" & "Chicago" away just in terms of sheer excitement. Beautifully filmed, obscenely talented and just plain *fun*.
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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 Full Review »