Dreamgirls (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dreamgirls (2006)



Critic Consensus: Dreamgirls' simple characters and plot hardly detract from the movie's real feats: the electrifying performances and the dazzling musical numbers.

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Director Bill Condon brings Tom Eyen's Tony award-winning Broadway musical to the big screen in a tale of dreams, stardom, and the high cost of success in the cutthroat recording industry. The time is the 1960s, and singers Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose), and Deena (Beyoncé Knowles) are about to find out just what it's like to have their wildest dreams come true. Discovered at a local talent show by ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx), the trio known as "the Dreamettes" is soon offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of opening for popular singer James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy). Subsequently molded into an unstoppable hit machine by Taylor and propelled into the spotlight as "the Dreams," the girls quickly find their bid for the big time taking priority over personal friendship as Taylor edges out the ultra-talented Effie so that the more beautiful Deena can become the face of the group. Now, as the crossover act continues to dominate the airwaves, the small-town girls with big-city dreams slowly begin to realize that the true cost of fame may be higher than any of them ever anticipated. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Jamie Foxx
as Curtis Taylor Jr.
Beyoncé Knowles
as Deena Jones
Eddie Murphy
as James `Thunder' Early
Danny Glover
as Marty Madison
Jennifer Hudson
as Effie White
Anika Noni Rose
as Lorrell Robinson
Keith Robinson
as Clarence Conrad White
Sharon Leal
as Michelle Morris
Loretta Devine
as Jazz Singer
Michael-Leon Wooley
as Tiny Joe Dixon
John Lithgow
as Jerry Harris
John Krasinski
as Sam Walsh
Ken Page
as Max Washington
Alexander Folk
as Ronald White
Esther Scott
as Aunt Ethel
Jordan Wright
as Teddy Campbell
Dawnn Lewis
as Melba Early
Jaleel White
as Talent Booker
Jordan Belfi
as Adam Brooks
Gilbert Glenn Brown
as Man with Gun
Yvette Nicole Brown
as Curtis' Secretary
Laura Bell Bundy
as Sweetheart
E.J. Callahan
as Older White Man
Luna Rocio Cantale
as Las Vegas Patron
Stephanie Owens
as Tania Williams
Thomas Crawford
as TV Director
Cleo King
as Janice
Jocko Sims
as Elvis Kelly
Daren A. Herbert
as Jimmy's Piano Player
Ivar Brogger
as David Bennett
Sybyl Walker
as Charlene
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Critic Reviews for Dreamgirls

All Critics (208) | Top Critics (62)

Neither thought-provoking nor entertaining enough - remains largely average and underwhelming.

January 23, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The energy is so high in sequences like this -- and there are lots of them -- that it almost doesn't matter that we've seen this story before, in Ray and other film biographies about the "heartbreak" of musical stardom.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It compares to that other "legitimate" musical smash of recent vintage, Chicago. It just doesn't have the life or fun of Chicago.

May 13, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

You may not be expecting this from a musical, but Dreamgirls is one of the most fast-paced, frenetically-edited, roller-coaster rides of a movie that you'll see all year.

March 24, 2007
Top Critic

Few pictures can match the glamorous pull of Dreamgirls. Bill Condon's first big musical since Chicago is a glossy, gleaming Cadillac of a film with a vintage rhythm and blues engine tuned to perfection. The cast is dressed to kill.

February 5, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The opening rump-shaking immediately sets the tone: Dreamgirls pulses with sheer exuberance. When was the last time a musical, much less a huge Hollywood production, felt this alive?

February 3, 2007 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dreamgirls


A colorful, lively, well-executed musical-film, Dreamgirls is a must-see spectacle. Jennifer Hudson steals the show with powerhouse vocals and a vulnerable debut performance. The film never lags, always entertains, and features beautiful music. It is an ultimately uplifting experience.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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Directors Cat

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The definitive musical of the rise to fame and the fall from grace. Dazzling, engaging and wonderfully acted, it leaves me bewildered that ''Dreamgirls'' didn't get a Best Picture nomination in 2007.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

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