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Rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity and language.

R In Theaters 08/25/2006 , 121min.
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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. Full Review
Ann Powers
Los Angeles Times
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. Full Review
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. Full Review
Dana Stevens
Idlewild has moments of sticky sentimentality and stretches of dull exposition, but you've got to give it this: It's unpredictable. Full Review
James Berardinelli
Despite the best efforts of Barber the director, he never quite overcomes the shortcomings of Barber the writer. Full Review

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