Critics are offering mostly raves for 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire,' a harrowing story about a young Harlem teenager who is pregnant for the second time by her drug-addicted father and also suffers abuse at the hands of her cruel mother.

It wowed audiences at this year's Sundance festival in January, where it won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize, and a Special Jury Prize for comedian Mo'Nique in her first dramatic role. The film is being called "inspiring," "powerful," "potent and moving," and "courageous and uncompromising." You may have heard that it's the film in which a nearly unrecognizable Mariah Carey (playing a social worker) finally earns some respect as an actress. Most likely, it has come to your attention because it's presented by media powerhouses Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry.

A few vocal opponents, however, such as Armond White of the New York Press, are decrying the film as "brazenly racist." He's not alone: Since it was snubbed at this year's Gotham Awards, there's been talk of a backlash against the film because of Winfrey's backing.

See what critics are saying after the jump.
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