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The movie be­longs to (Jen­nifer) Hud­son as the proud, self-de­struc­tive Effie. When she’s cen­tre stage, Dream­girls trans­ports you to movie mu­si­cal heaven. — David Ansen, Newsweek

This baby daz­zles like noth­ing else any­where. — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

When she sings And I Am Telling You I’m Not Go­ing — one of the most heart­felt cries of pain ever writ­ten for a mu­si­cal — As much as I en­joyed the sheer brassi­ness and emo­tion and big­ness of this pro­duc­tion, as much as I ap­pre­ci­ated the per­for­mances from the ter­rif­i­cally tal­ented cast — I didn’t love the movie. The breath­tak­ingly gor­geous Bey­once Knowles stars as Deena, who re­places the more vo­cally and more phys­i­cally ro­bust Effie (Jen­nifer Hud­son) as lead singer of a ’60s R&B cross­over group. Jamie Foxx is the as­pir­ing tal­ent man­ager who re­cruits the girls to sing backup for the las­civ­i­ous Jimmy “Thun­der” Early (Ed­die Mur­phy). Just a lit­tle too slick and over the top for its own good. — Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

Hud­son in­scribes her name on an Os­car. — Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

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