Film Review: Christina Aguilera, Cher Star in Horrible ‘Burlesque’

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CHICAGO – I worry that some impressionable youth will see Steve Antin’s horrendous “Burlesque” and be turned off musicals forever. This is not a musical. This is a music video; an ego piece for two fading stars that is one of the most creatively bankrupt pieces of cinema in years. Actually, most music videos are better.

By now, it’s become common for critics to sharpen their knives and take turns stabbing at vanity projects of pop stars like Mariah Carey’s “Glitter” and Britney Spears’ “Crossroads,” but don’t let the thinking that critics couldn’t possibly like Christina Aguilera’s “Burlesque” convince you that the onslaught of negative reviews sure to greet this junk is wrong. Just because “Burlesque” can join and perhaps even top all other pop starlet film projects in a film festival from hell doesn’t make the predictable response any less valid. Just because history taught us that “Burlesque” would probably suck doesn’t make it suck any less. In fact, it sucks even more than you expect it to.

StarRead Brian Tallerico’s full review of “Burlesque” in our reviews section.

Christina Aguilera, giving one of the worst performances of the year in a film that could run the Razzies, stars as Ali, a small-town girl from Iowa who moves to Los Angeles because, as she claims, she looked around and didn’t see anyone she wanted to be in the heartland. She finds inspiration in a burlesque club, where apparently she looked around and saw that she wanted to be mediocre drag queen.

The club owner Tess (Cher) may not be hiring, but Ali knows she can be the best burlesque dancer in the city of angels. When she first gets to the club, she meets the people who will serve the necessary plot devices for her rise to stage fame including Tess, bartender Jack (Cam Gigandet), host Alexis (Alan Cumming), stage manager Sean (Stanley Tucci), Tess’ ex-husband and co-owner Vince (Peter Gallagher), star dancer Nikki (Kristen Bell), and millionaire playboy Marcus (Eric Dane).

StarContinue reading for Brian Tallerico’s full “Burlesque” review.

‘Burlesque’ stars Christina Aguilera, Cher, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Kristin Bell, Cam Gigandet, and Eric Dane. It was written and directed by Steve Antin. It opens on November 24th, 2010. It is rated PG-13.

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Photo credit: Sony Pictures

MARTIN's picture

I love Christina and i like

I love Christina and i like all the Thrillers :-) I want to see the movie :-)
She look most better that Mariah and Britney :-)

MB22's picture

Oddly enough, I wasn’t

Oddly enough, I wasn’t expecting much of this film, but 0.5/5? really?! I saw it twice so far, because it was fun. Good movie, maybe not plot wise, but it was enjoyable. Calm down with the negativity and get a sense of humor. People go to movies to escape real life, and that’s what this was, fun dance numbers, cheesy lines and family fun. It’s better than Glitter and anything Britney Spears has done. If you didn’t have fun seeing this, just to write a critical review, I’m sorry for you. I will be seeing it a few more times and buying it on DVD :)

Rebecca Braithwaite's picture

Entertaining Movie

Although I’m not a big Christina Aguilera or Cher fan, I actually enjoyed Burlesque. I see 2-3 films per week and this movie was better than 75% of the movies I saw this year, Of course, it WAS an awful year for movies! As long as you go into this movie with the right attitude, it is a sweet musical of the “smalltown girl gets her big break in Hollywood” genre.

zola4522's picture

it’s become common for

it’s become common for critics to sharpen their knives and take turns stabbing

farnkly88's picture

Brian Tallerico’s review

Brian Tallerico’s full “Burlesque” review was nicely written. Every point is clear here.

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