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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This oddball mix of "The Cotton Club" and "Six Feet Under" is a big, beautiful mess. But it offers the not-uninstructive spectacle of talented people stumbling over large and unwieldy ambitions. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    If Idlewild had something beyond OutKast's songwriting, it would make a swell musical. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 30
    Wall Street Journal

    Shakespeare has been quoted many, many times over the past 400 or so years, but never to such empty purpose as in the inchoate, self-indulgent musical drama Idlewild, a star vehicle for the wildly popular hip-hop duo OutKast. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The soundtrack is a genre-hopping joy, and each musical number is cleverly staged and creatively choreographed. The problem is the noble mess of a movie that takes up so much space in between. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    An entertaining mess. It blends together musical styles and dances, historical periods with howling anachronisms, coy, almost childish gimmicks with R-rated sex and violence. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    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." show more

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    A mess, but an energetic, convivial mess. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Barber's screenplay is mired in cliches that got old in 1935. show more

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