Critics Consensus

Critical Consensus: "Dreamgirls" Hits The High Notes; "Black Christmas" Gets A Lump Of Coal

by | December 28, 2006 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got the rise and fall of a girl group ("Dreamgirls," starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, and Eddie Murphy) and some yuletide splatter ("Black Christmas," starring Michelle Trachtenberg). What do the critics have to say?

At the height of its powers, Motown was described by label head Berry Gordy as "the sound of young America." "Dreamgirls" is a musical about a fictional (but loosely based upon the Supremes) girl group’s rise and fall during the heady days when black pop first became the soundtrack for kids across the racial divide. An early Oscar favorite, "Dreamgirls" largely lives up to the hype, according to the pundits, with quality songs and strong performances from Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, and especially "American Idol" castoff Jennifer Hudson. At 77 percent on the Tomatometer, "Dreamgirls" is Certified Fresh.


Eddie Murphy gets on up, like a sex machine…RIP James Brown.

Ah, the holiday season: a time for reflection, goodwill toward others… and piles of dead sorority girls. Nothing makes spirits bright quite like a remake of the 1975 proto-slasher "Black Christmas," which wasn’t screened for critics before hitting theaters on (surprise!) Christmas day. Well, since it opened, a few reviews have trickled in, and they’re not very nice. The plot: a group of sisters trapped inside a sorority house are picked off one-by-one by a prank-calling madman. While some critics say the film has flashes of sick wit, others say it’s too generic and too short on tension to generate scares. At 15 percent on the Tomatometer, "Black Christmas" is on the critics’ "naughty" list.


"Black Christmas": Far more sinister than your average panty raid.

Also opening this week in limited release: the Spanish period comedy "Unconscious" is at 100 percent; Guillermo Del Toro‘s eerie magic realist fantasy "Pan’s Labyrinth" is at 98 percent; "Children of Men," Alfonso Cuaron‘s dystopian sci-fi actioner starring Clive Owen, is at 94 percent; "Notes on a Scandal," a cat-and-mouse thriller starring Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench, is at 82 percent; "Miss Potter," which explores the inner life of children’s author Beatrix Potter and stars Renee Zellweger, is at 71 percent; "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," Tom Tykwer‘s visually sumptuous serial killer film, is at 58 percent; and "The Dead Girl," a dark, multipart drama starring Toni Collette and Brittany Murphy, is at 50 percent.


Nothing says holiday cheer like a Spanish-language Freudian period sex comedy!

Recent Film Musicals:
—————————–

50% — Tenacious D: In the Pick of Destiny (2006)
48% — Rent (2005)
88% — Chicago (2002)
77% — Moulin Rouge (2001)
93% — Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Recent Horror Remakes:
—————————–
14% — The Wicker Man (2006)
13% — Pulse (2006)
27% — The Omen (2006)
48% — The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
10% — When a Stranger Calls (2006)

Tag Cloud

Wes Anderson MCU First Look TCA 2017 live action versus Character Guide toronto worst child's play TV movies die hard Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Podcast blockbusters anime quibi king arthur Extras robots Spike Mystery Drama spanish language Columbia Pictures docuseries Summer AMC Logo Country target joker true crime cops free movies cancelled TV series Vudu boxoffice theme song Avengers The CW Cartoon Network Mudbound biography cats Rocketman adaptation strong female leads harry potter films spanish Dark Horse Comics Pirates casting name the review Infographic Pet Sematary A24 Tubi 90s Comic-Con@Home 2021 Elton John Watching Series President laika Reality Competition parents Apple TV Plus slashers pirates of the caribbean comics jamie lee curtis Star Wars OneApp Showtime animated 2016 Star Trek Classic Film Fox Searchlight Image Comics Starz LGBT BBC America binge superhero First Reviews Academy Awards DC streaming service independent stand-up comedy suspense indiana jones Year in Review christmas movies Video Games Paramount Network Broadway Spring TV Disney Channel comic screenings Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt twilight Captain marvel Sci-Fi comiccon technology Hear Us Out mission: impossible revenge new zealand game of thrones teaser sequel Shondaland Disney golden globes criterion TCM stop motion boxing festivals telelvision DirecTV Awards Tour crossover Endgame Set visit Hallmark The Witch DC Comics Rom-Com superman japanese HBO Max Holiday Spectrum Originals scorecard FXX Syfy Martial Arts FX on Hulu Amazon Opinion crime HBO Go video Writers Guild of America Valentine's Day The Walking Dead APB Superheroe MTV thriller CMT 2019 cinemax Trailer transformers based on movie Tumblr NBA Pride Month Sony Pictures zombies American Society of Cinematographers Certified Fresh social media VOD period drama 45 serial killer WGN children's TV National Geographic Television Academy japan basketball docudrama E! dramedy saw crime drama Action Brie Larson The Academy Film Festival Disney+ Disney Plus Marathons historical drama WarnerMedia 24 frames Freeform elevated horror Walt Disney Pictures universal monsters CBS All Access Comedy Central Comedy cancelled television BBC Kids & Family TV One Exclusive Video festival Nickelodeon PBS werewolf YouTube Red TBS BET Awards Marvel Television CW Seed south america australia OWN emmy awards BAFTA documentary Film scary movies crime thriller Election trailers IFC Films vampires 4/20 award winner women Winners Oscars discovery Esquire tv talk FX 93rd Oscars Discovery Channel Calendar doctor who disaster Amazon Studios lord of the rings cancelled TV shows TCA The Purge Apple TV+ sitcom PaleyFest Mary Poppins Returns psycho concert VH1 Ovation cults YouTube Rocky deadpool Epix all-time Thanksgiving USA Network richard e. Grant heist movie prank Musical unscripted comedies franchise streaming Pop Music Binge Guide dragons Polls and Games razzies aapi Countdown facebook Arrowverse Emmys Masterpiece ID movie spy thriller Bravo Heroines dark Trivia 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards italian X-Men fast and furious know your critic TNT 72 Emmy Awards Women's History Month GLAAD supernatural Christmas new star wars movies book adaptation movies documentaries IFC a nightmare on elm street cars Nat Geo 007 nature french HBO BBC One toy story Disney Plus Super Bowl sports mockumentary james bond black Amazon Prime Video romantic comedy reboot anthology CNN Legendary Schedule Comics on TV Shudder RT21 Black Mirror 1990s green book Fantasy video on demand war Turner Classic Movies aliens TruTV canceled TV shows talk show RT History Mary Tyler Moore Interview foreign medical drama cooking batman streaming movies 2020 Lucasfilm news Black History Month Holidays popular composers USA marvel cinematic universe nbcuniversal halloween tv Sundance Now Creative Arts Emmys Food Network Ghostbusters wonder woman Best and Worst Lifetime Christmas movies SundanceTV Awards stoner Peacock Lionsgate TCA Awards Nominations ViacomCBS diversity 20th Century Fox TV Land directors Crunchyroll cartoon football BET international PlayStation Musicals MSNBC chucky Paramount Plus blaxploitation singing competition Ellie Kemper Quiz 2015 NYCC television science fiction The Arrangement DC Universe Crackle rt archives Marvel Studios politics TV comic books Anna Paquin king kong canceled NBC ABC adventure 71st Emmy Awards spider-man what to watch Lifetime Amazon Prime Cannes indie Baby Yoda asian-american reviews adenture A&E rotten movies we love series ghosts TV renewals Britbox LGBTQ legend Pacific Islander ABC Family Sneak Peek History witnail Teen Stephen King godzilla Grammys blockbuster classics ITV scene in color El Rey E3 renewed TV shows Hallmark Christmas movies nfl screen actors guild San Diego Comic-Con TIFF olympics 21st Century Fox The Walt Disney Company Superheroes dogs best fresh Tarantino ESPN FOX Rock romance zero dark thirty Sundance TV TLC hidden camera Horror 2021 book Television Critics Association Reality remakes psychological thriller spinoff game show Box Office Premiere Dates golden globe awards Red Carpet jurassic park YA travel Trophy Talk Turner CBS rotten DGA justice league GoT Universal 2018 hollywood SDCC Western cancelled kaiju GIFs dc political drama VICE Pixar Fox News Netflix mutant halloween critics kong Apple Alien Cosplay Mindy Kaling ratings police drama Sundance dceu zombie Toys sag awards TCA Winter 2020 Emmy Nominations 99% Song of Ice and Fire 2017 archives finale Acorn TV Winter TV Hulu natural history Animation Funimation Tokyo Olympics YouTube Premium See It Skip It breaking bad Travel Channel sequels hispanic venice hist new york SXSW Tomatazos monster movies high school Mary poppins satire rom-coms miniseries Netflix Christmas movies kids Paramount Marvel New York Comic Con Biopics worst movies Photos Fall TV Pop TV Family ABC Signature Warner Bros. Comic Book space Chernobyl Disney streaming service latino spain obituary Adult Swim